“Connection is why we are here,” says acclaimed author, Brene Brown. “We are hardwired to connect with others. It is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
So if connections with others brings true satisfaction, how are you doing with your interpersonal relationships…your connections? Most of us dedicate a lot of our time to our social media, but Instagram and Facebook only show us vague shadows of what real connections with others can be. Even worse, false connections never fulfill our needs, so the brain constantly insists on more, and so the cycle continues.
As the year closes, it’s a perfect time to take stock and ask the following questions:
Who are the important people in my life?
What am I doing to foster my relationships with them?
How can I better nurture my connections with them?
Making positive changes to your relationships might look like committing to calling a long-distance relative more, or dedicating special time each week to a child. It might be forgiving someone who has hurt you. You might even just decide to be more vocal in your appreciation for those closest to you – kind words can do wonders for us all.
As you continue to intentionally create your life and working on the relationship you have with yourself, remember to check up on the other connections in your life. Your joy in your everyday life will be immensely richer from identifying and strengthening the real connections you have.