Take one step forward…
During these uncertain times, with people becoming more fearful and anxious about their safety, social connection is more important than ever. The research on the benefit of social connection is clear and consistent:
“Research by APS William James Fellow Ed Diener, a leading researcher in positive psychology, and APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Martin Seligman, a pioneer of the psychology of happiness and human flourishing, suggests that connecting with others in a meaningful way helps us enjoy better mental and physical health and speeds up recovery from disease; furthermore, research by Stephanie Brown, at Stony Brook University, and Sara Konrath, at the University of Michigan, has shown that it may even lengthen our life spans.”
Take some time out each day to connect with someone. Take the risk of being your authentic self, it will feel more meaningful and deepen the relationship. Start with the person who you buy your morning coffee from. Ask how he/she is and really listen to the answer!
Take one step forward!