People with close relationships feel good, suffer less anxiety and depression, and are more fulfilled through old age. But personal relationships take some effort.
• Make time for friendship, no matter how busy you are. Schedule time with friends into your calendar.
• Don’t let a misunderstanding get in the way of a great friendship. Be willing to talk openly. Communication is key to lasting friendships.
• Make time for family and extended family. Plan visits with those who live near and far.
• Keep on making new friends throughout your life.
“The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don’t care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most importantly, forgive easily.” - Martin E. P. Seligman, Authentic Happiness.
There’s no doubt about it, a happy relationship feels good and is life-enhancing.
We are likely to be happier as individuals too and to enjoy better health.
We don’t, of course, necessarily need to be in a relationship to be happy – lots of us are happy as singletons. But a happy relationship is the thoroughly beneficial icing on the cake of a happy life and many find that, for them, being in a good relationship is essential to their overall happiness.