A study of more than 7,000 people from 27 countries, led by scientists in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, has found that what motivates people the most is caring for their family. For 40 years researchers have focused on romantic and sexual partners, but these motivations were rated as a relatively low priority for most study participants, most of the time. Caring for family members was associated with well-being, and seeking romantic partners was associated with unhappiness.
- Perspectives in Psychological Science
- National Science Foundation