It is no surprise that social interactions can be a great source of happiness. A holiday spent with close friends and family is not only enjoyable in the moment, but also a source of wonderful memories for years to come.
Connecting with others can help us to feel a greater sense of belonging and can help to reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation, leading to improved overall happiness and wellbeing.
Following are some ways to enhance your connections to others:
- Make time for the people you love. Keeping regular contact with friends and family, whether it’s face-to-face, on the phone or by text, can strengthen your relationships.
- Join a group. Think of the things you like to do, such as drawing, gardening or sport and look for local groups. Meeting others with a shared interest can increase your confidence and build your support network.
- Volunteer at a local school or hospice. Giving your time to those that need it can be extremely fulfilling and can help you to look at things from a different perspective.
Connecting can also be as simple as smiling at the cashier at the supermarket who checks you out, acknowledging a colleague you pass in the hall with a nod, chatting with an acquaintance for a minute about a TV show. Research indicates that we can improve our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others with these brief positive interactions.
The interactions we have with other people affect the way we feel about life. Our close relationships keep us grounded and influence both happiness and the sense that we are part of a larger community. Even our interactions with people we do not know that well give us a sense that we are part of that larger community.