Humans are social creatures – some more than others! Research suggests that some of the happiest people have active social lives and a wide network of friends and family. This network provides us with opportunities to socialise, people to share good news with as well as personal support to reach out to when times are tough.
People who actively make an effort to engage with others are often happier than those who don’t. A smile, chat, shared humour or just the simple pleasure of being in good company goes a long way to enhancing our personal well-being.
Of course, simply socialising more will not automatically increase personal happiness and life satisfaction for everyone! We have different needs and desires when it comes to the amount of time we spend with others.
In addition to this, not everyone has the same opportunities to interact with other people – illness, age, lack of mobility, unemployment – are just a few of the reasons contributing to feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
Make the relationships you do have count. Have fun and be there for each other. Investing your time and energy in the people you care about will strengthen your connection with them and make your social life/personal interactions with others more rewarding.
If you feel you can, you could also offer up some of your time once a week to make a difference to people who would benefit from a friendly face and someone to talk to. This might be someone in your immediate community (a neighbour or co-worker) or individuals who are supported by local voluntary organisations.
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