5 Ways Connecting to Others Makes You Less LonelyJan 05, 2021
Researchers are overwhelming reporting that people are getting lonelier and more socially isolated. At the same time, the science of happiness tells us that having strong social and personal connections and relationships are the key determinants in living longer and becoming happier.
— How Building Quality Relationships Leads to Long-Term Happiness & Longevity —
“Where would we be without our friends? Honestly, every friend is so unique and special I have a lot of love for all my friends.” Stella Maxwell
Humans are social animals. Without a connection to others and we shrink away and die. The importance of learning how to connect in meaningful ways both in your personal and business life can make the difference between being miserable and having a great, meaningful, and rewarding life. Learning how to get out of yourself and your head takes practice and perspective.
If you want to live longer and not be lonely, you must learn how to connect with others. This can be challenging if you never learned to do this as a young person.
Even if you struggle with poor social skills or social anxiety, learning these five things can change, or even, save your life:
- Step out of your comfort zone “Change is uncomfortable.” Kirby Smart
People who struggle with loneliness and social isolation (nearly one-third of the world’s population) have a difficult time making and keeping friends. If you experience chronic loneliness, don’t blame yourself, but challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. This means forcing yourself to pick-up the phone and call someone for breakfast, lunch, or movie night date, joining a meet-up that interests you, becoming a member of a tribe or club that interests you or taking a walk with a friend.
2. Schedule “Connection” events each week and make it a priority in your routine
” It’s finding time for each other. That’s the trick to any relationship, you know. Finding time to really be present for each other.” Liev Schreiber
Each day, call, text, or email a different person you know. You might be surprised to see that you have a really good time and learn something new. Keep the dialog and relationship going by scheduling future events, or finding common interests that you can pursue together. Each week, invite someone to movie night or have a weekly adventure with someone different to the museum, for a bike ride, or even a mini-vacation. Just do it!
3. Take a break from social media
“If your social media addiction comes between your relationship, you might want to quit.” Retta
Know that your real friends are not your Facebook friends. Your real friends are the ones that you see in person and have human interaction with. If you want to have lasting relationships with other people, then you must invest the time to get to know people in a more intimate and personal setting.
4. Check out a dating or meetup site
“At school I pretended I had a normal life, but I felt lonely all the time and different from everyone else. I never felt like I fit in, and I wasn’t allowed to participate in after-school activities, go to sports events or parties or date boys. Many times I had to make up stories about why I couldn’t do anything with my classmates.” Joyce Meyer
If you are looking for love in all the wrong places and are craving connection to others, try out a reputable dating meet site where you can meet others of your choice. You can always say “No,” later, but this exercise of doing something good for yourself will reap happy and lasting rewards in getting you less shy.
5. Learn the social and communication skills you need to be part of the human race
“The ABC’s are attitude, behavior, and communication skills.” Gerald Chertavian
There are so many incredible “Connection” tools offered with The Healing Academy courses: From our 7-Step Happiness Mastery System to the 21-Day Happiness Workout & Kickstart, to Assertiveness Training and Lonely No more
Lastly, if you are really struggling to do any of the above five things with any satisfaction, see a licensed psychologist or even a Life Coach who may be able to identify your roadblocks and offer you more workable solutions to get out of yourself and into the flow of your life. Naturally, join us at stressedoutnation.com to jumpstart your journey back to a happy life.
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