How much do relationships matter? My name is Hugh S. Ingalls, entrepreneur, performance coach, and podcaster. Over the last 7 years, I have devoted a great deal of time working on relationships in my life and in turn it has brought me health and happiness. I see human relationships as a “spider-web” of information in the form of memories made up of words, actions, and emotions. Some “webs” look beautiful, well mannered, positive, full of joy, fresh. Some webs look old and dusty. Some are hanging by a thread.
The Harvard Study on Adult Development (http://www.adultdevelopmentstudy.org/) which has been ongoing to for 75+ years determined that embracing community helps us live longer and happier. Close relationships trump money or fame when it comes to our overall well-being.
In order to ensure we have the support system needed, see these two steps to make relationship GAINS:
1.Evaluation. After writing a few paragraphs about the relationships I have in my life, I was able to re-kindle some of the relationships that had lapsed. It helped me clarify who in my life was really important and who I needed to distance myself from.
2.Compassion on top of empathy. Thinking in the terms of the other person is a start, but we all know how difficult it is to try and visualize someone else’s experience. Taking the approach of expressing compassion creates actionable steps in caring for someone.
We are the most complex beings on the planet and that makes human relations the most difficult thing to navigate in life. Every single human is unique in its in own way and we must celebrate that diversity and the opportunity to be a little better towards each other, every day. One thing you can do right now is text or call a loved one and tell them how important they are to you, tell them you love them!
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