Even Friends Who Are Bad Influences are Better than Not Having Friends

Even Friends Who Are Bad Influences are Better than Not Having Friends

Connection matters more than small behaviors. Loneliness is more damaging to our mental and physical health than small vices, despite the amount of digital space spent talking about what we should and shouldn’t eat, drink, or do with our time. Yet, so many of us make our friendships one of the lowest priorities.

We’re hurting ourselves and each other.

Feeling Lonely Should Inspire Us to Connect, But Often It Does the Opposite

Feeling Lonely Should Inspire Us to Connect, But Often It Does the Opposite

For myself, and all of you, remember that feeling of loneliness is there for a reason, because we are meant to be connected to other people. Generally speaking, all those people we know and should connect with, also need the same thing. Many of them might even be struggling with their own internal negative thoughts too, and could use someone to reach out to them. If we all sit around convinced that no one wants to connect with us, eventually we’ll all be lonely, which seems like something we are headed toward. The solution is for each of us to take a step toward connection when we can. 

Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 22, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 22, 2023

Happiness Lab on How to Make Friends and Compliment People

Happiness Lab on How to Make Friends and Compliment People

Over the weekend I listened to this episode of the Happiness Lab podcast and I wanted to share it because I think Dr. Santos and her guests hit on some pretty interesting topics. Specifically, I felt like this was some more scientific evidence for how small actions, like compliments, can create a connection between people and make both the giver and the receiver, happier.

Asking for Help Can Create Connection – So Does the Thank You
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Asking for Help Can Create Connection – So Does the Thank You

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of connection when it comes to mental health. Being connected to others is a great tool in suicide prevention, and we see study after study reporting on the negative effects of loneliness. One great way to create a connection among your friends is to ask for help when you need it. People, generally, like to help. The little bit of vulnerability it takes to ask for help can create a huge improvement in the connection between two people.

Unless, of course, you don’t bother to acknowledge the help with a thank you.