Matchmaking is not a perfect science, to say the least, but research suggests that at least one person is bound to come out of it feeling good: the matchmaker. A set of studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that matching up people who you think might get along is a mood booster, especially when the pair aren’t likely to meet otherwise. Maybe it’s the rush of being the critical link between two people, the pride of seeing a connection where others don’t, or simply the reward of an act of kindness. In any case, researchers have yet to see how it feels if the set-up is a total bust.

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