I believe making connections and friendships is another key to happiness. I don’t mean having zillions of “friends” on facebook or whatever other virtual world you may be part of. I mean actual real people, people you talk to and meet up with. People who know you, and you know them. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with facebook friends. I also think you can’t beat a good chat with a mate. My top choice would be to meet up, if not a chat on the phone can be a great happiness boost, or perhaps a chat via skype.
Today I chatted with 2 good friends via skype, one on the rainy coast in Brighton and the other on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. We caught up on news, had a laugh, and put the world to rights. What a great energy boost it was to my day.
At the moment, I am gathering together photos for a photo book for a special occasion. It has taken longer than I thought to select the photos, as I keep stopping and looking at the photos and smiling as I am reminded of the great memories I have with friends.
I like what Action for Happiness, a movement for positive social change, has to say about making connections and friendships – http://www.actionforhappiness.org/
“Relationships are the most important overall contributor to happiness. People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self-worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to strengthen our relationships and create new connections is essential for happiness.”
I chose the Marcel Proust quote at the top of this post as I feel that good friends help happiness to blossom. Remember, you can choose your friends.
So, who is special to you?