Humans are wired to connect to others. There is no doubt that we are social beings that want to feel valued, loved and supported. Studies have confirmed that healthy relationships lead to happier, healthier and more productive lives. On the contrary, loneliness has been linked to high blood pressure, depression and a shorter lifespan.
Interacting with others keeps us connected to the world, enabling us to learn more, solve problems better, and be more creative. Amazing things have been accomplished through teamwork. A friendly conversation at the supermarket or a smile to a stranger on the street can open up opportunities that you may not have known existed. Nurture your relationships through a quick good morning text to a friend or an invitation to a neighbor for dinner. Take the opportunity to make new connections by volunteering, taking a class or joining a club. There are so many ways to connect.
Take the time to get to know people, listen, ask questions, find commonality. You life’s course can change through a single connection.