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Hey, Smarties: This Study Says Its Totally Cool to Cancel Plans

You’ve had a day and, ugh, you’ve just gotta bail on your after-work drink plans. But before you hop on board your usual guilt trip, listen up.

Canceling plans--and cutting yourself some serious slack--might actually make you happier, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Psychology.

Here, we’ll explain: Basically, it harkens back to the close-knit hunter-gatherer days of yore when frequent social contact with friends was not only necessary for survival but also for making babies. Fast-forward to 2016, when smarty-pants ladies everywhere are pretty damn skilled at taking advantage of modern-day conveniences (like Facebook or to find other ways to keep up with friends and romance without adding not-so-necessary strain to their social lives.

So, OK, you couldn’t swing an in-person catch-up last night. It happens. You’ll G Chat your friends at lunch.

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