Connections with Others

Connections with others are considered one of the most important things in life. Solid relationships with a few people you can count on are important to our health, happiness and wellbeing.

Recently, I’ve seen numerous articles that speak of the importance of strong connections with at least three family members or friends you can count on. According to Dr. Margaret Paul, a psychologist and relationship expert, “Not only are personal connections fulfilling and joyful, but they contribute to our health and well-being.”

Researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that a healthy social life may be as good for your long-term health as avoiding cigarettes, according to the PLoS Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal covering medical sciences.

This information seems especially significant in light of the fact we have just celebrated National Husband Appreciation Day. Hopefully your life–mate is one of those three people you know you can count on when you need inspiration, help or just some love. Once again we see that being kind to one another has mutual benefit. A positive connection with the person we probably spend more time in retirement than anyone else may be the clue to a healthy life.

How do we achieve that closeness? Showing appreciation for and interest in one another seems to be a good clue. According to Dale Carnegie, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in the other person than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you.”

Perhaps you missed Husband Appreciation Day the other day, but it’s never too late to institute your own days of appreciation. 

 “In my experience, sharing love with another who is also filled up with love and sharing it, is the most fulfilling and joyful experience in life. Dr. Margaret Paul