Recently, I read an article about 12 things that Happy People do differently than the rest of us. These things are called “Happiness Tips
I include here what they said and some of my thoughts on the issue. I offer this to you in hopes that we may start a dialogue, although some folks have told me they have trouble leaving a message. Please try.
Happiness Tip # 5
Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
Boy, do I agree with this one! We need each other. Human beings are meant to live in community. Social relationships, or friends, are vital to well-being.
We are so busy these days that it is easy to let friendships slide. Even those who are healthy find themselves often losing track of folks they enjoy or care about.
Don't do that to yourself. Reach out. Keep in touch with the special folks in your life -- and don't waste time with folks who do not care about your well-being.
And for those of us who are chronically ill, we know it’s not an easy thing to accomplish. In fact, even the advice to 'be in community' , may feel like a slap in the face. And old friends may not be around any longer. Being house-bound or bed-bound does not lend itself to making friends. Sadly, being ill makes a lot of friends and family run in the other direction. I do recommend on-line groups, boards and chats if you have few In Real Life Friends. It does make a difference.
What do you think?