Today, let's flex our outgoing muscles to strengthen social connections in ways that enhance overall happiness and well-being.
In every moment, let us seek
the courage to be bold and speak.
To open up our hearts and minds
and leave all doubts and fears behind.
For in our connections, we will find
the inherent beauty of humankind.
A world of joy and boundless love
that lifts us up to realms above.
“To be a heroine is to be outgoing and strong willed.”– Sunday Adelaja
In one of the world’s longest studies (75 years) of adult life, as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the clearest takeaway has been that good relationships keep us happier and healthier.
The study found that social connections are really good for us and that loneliness kills. People who are more socially connected are happier, physically healthier, and live longer than people who are less well connected. The experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic, and people who are more isolated than they want to be from others are less happy, experience a decline in their health, and live shorter lives.
Watch as the director of this study, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, shares these findings in his 12-minute TED Talk:
- My valiant spirit seeks communion with like-minded souls.
- I relish the delights of shared experiences and ambitions.
- The company of kindred spirits empowers us to achieve greatness.
- I lend an ear to all, for each voice enriches my journey.
- Mutual understanding is the gateway to boundless progress.
- My unflinching resolve pierces through all obstacles.
- I see the spark of greatness in every living being.
- My unyielding courage emboldens others to follow their own path.
- The thrill of challenge and triumph fuels my adventurous soul.
- Together we shall forge a bold destiny of unrivaled majesty.
A flower just blooms.
Recall a conversation you need to have that you've been avoiding and explore the following inquiries:
What is the best possible outcome of having the conversation I've been avoiding, and how can I prepare for it?
What are the risks of not having the conversation, and what values and beliefs can guide me in taking action?
How can I take care of myself before and after the conversation, and what insights might I gain about myself and my relationships through this courageous action?