In the pursuit of health and happiness, the quality of our relationships is vital. On one hand, we’ve been hardwired to strive for individuality, but we also have a deep need for community. Strong, happy, healthy relationships in both these realms can add years to our lives.
Your relationship with yourself.
This is the one relationship that will remain constant throughout your entire life, no matter what. Do you embrace your personal beauty? Not in the physical sense; this goes deeper, to your sense of self-worth. Feeling beautiful comes from loving yourself in all of your imperfections and appreciating what it is you bring to the table. Nurturing a healthy sense of self is the first step toward trusting and forgiving people in your life.
Your relationships with others.
Do you have strong and meaningful relationships that contribute to your happiness?
A wonderful way to create meaningful connection is to give to others. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received on a bad day is, “Go buy someone a gift – it’ll make you feel better.” Have you found ways to give to others, and to show gratitude for the gifts you’ve been given?