Relationships – nurture them for contentment
Relationships are the heart of happiness. We all need people in our life, to share experiences and feel connected. Social research has found “rich and satisfying relationships” are the only external factors that will move your happiness score from “quite happy” to “very happy.” A common mistake we make is to get so busy pursuing happiness that we fail to give our best time, energy and attention to our relationships.
Remind yourself daily that happiness is in the connections you make, in the friendships you keep and in the love that exists between others.
If you want to be happy, be a friend. Identify your most important relationships, and think about how you can be a true friend to your partner, to your children, to your parents, to your colleagues, to your clients, etc. Another way to increase your happiness score is to make a conscious commitment to being the most loving person you can possibly be. Your intention to love and be loved is the absolute key to happiness. Love is the most fun you can have with anyone. In the final analysis, there is no difference between happiness and love.
Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder of what’s important in life.
Photo by Marina Aguiar Araujo