In the words of clinical psychologist Anne Rufa, PhD, “Humans are social creatures by nature. We are not meant to lead solitary lives. It is important for us to be able to engage, to share our experiences and feelings with others and have them bear witness”.
In the absence of personal connections and meaningful relationships, how is an individual’s overall happiness affected?
Research suggests that extended periods of social isolation can negatively impact an individual’s mind, mood, and body, unless deliberate measures are taken to nurture one’s well-being. When you isolate yourself from interaction, there is a higher risk of experiencing feelings of loneliness, lack of motivation, and negative emotions. Isolation often leads to boredom or excessive sleeping to pass time, which is not good for your overall health. Socializing with others not only gives you the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, but it also keeps your mind active.
"The people you choose to associate with determine a lot of where you're going in life."
- Steve Harvey
Of course it is important to be kind and welcoming to everyone, but it is also important to be aware of the people you hang around. When you spend quality time with someone, your subconscious mind absorbs their thoughts and behaviors. Therefore, choose to build relationships with positive, loyal, & supportive people rather than with people who are deceitful, criticizing, and self-centered. More importantly, personally choose to be the sincere friend to others that you would want to have.
Protect yourself from potential destruction by keeping a distance from those with bad intentions. Identify the negative signs before they begin to consume your own life. Keep in mind, even your own family can be the enemy.
“People inspire you, or they drain you—pick them wisely.”
– Hans F. Hansen