It’s been a topic that has been on my mind often, as of late – although my curiosity first was peaked back in 2015 during my Happiness Project, where I researched and implemented 12 life hacks to increase positivity and balance after some especially difficult personal setbacks.
During the project, I tried gratitude journaling, meditating, exercising, creating uplifting playlists, disconnecting from technology, prioritizing sleep, auditing my life, making time for passions, giving back, saying no (setting boundaries), as well as investing in meaningful connection.
Invest in 5 intentional relationships – a sense of connection with others has been shown to increase happiness. Take time to really consider the people in your life – your friends and family – and determine 5 key relationships. If you can’t think of 5, it’s time to get out there and meet them! Find ways to invest in these people often: carve time out of your day to ask and listen to them, organize dinner parties, arrange coffee dates, go on nature walks, tell them how much you appreciate sharing moments with them.
I’m surprised at how many of the happiness tactics are still meaningful to me now. Cultivating intentional relationships certainly is one of them – however as I have invested greater time and effort into relationships, it has become more and more obvious that perhaps there are more roadblocks to connection than simply my lack of effort.
This year: I plan to tear down the barriers to understanding connection – in all areas of my life (personal and professional) – and hope you join me for the journey!
What does connection mean for you? What images does it evoke? Are there barriers you feel in your own life as it relates to connection that we could explore together? Do you feel like you have people you can truly rely on? Does technology help or hinder connection for you? In what ways? Would love to hear your thoughts below!
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