Happy New Year everyone!
Now we’ve entered into 2016, how many of you have made new year resolutions? There is, of course, some value in the making, reviewing and following resolutions, but as I’m sure you’re aware it doesn’t have to be a new year focus. However, this message isn’t about whether or not to make a resolution, but more about whether you have included one vital factor in your resolutions.
Most resolutions tend to be of the “lose weight”, “get fit”, “earn a big bonus” or “get new clients” type – of course if you’d made those, yours will be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. BUT are you missing a factor which will impact on your long-term happiness and mental as well as physical well-being?
If you’ve followed the research on happiness you are probably already aware of this factor… social connections.
Have you specifically decided to take action in this area? What resolutions have you made to stay in touch with friends? How will you enhance your one special personal relationship (if you have a significant other). What can you do to create more fun time with work colleagues?
There’s a wealth of research on the importance of social connections and relationships, and the link between these and longevity, happiness, mental and physical well-being. Here’s a link to just one study, a TED talk about a longitudinal study lasting 75 years (wow!), which shows how valuable relationships are.
Enjoy watching, it’s only 10 minutes long… and create fun, love and laughter, and quality connections in your relationships during 2016.
Ps if you’d like to meet up for a cuppa to create a personal connection, just let me know 🙂