Having friendships and a sense of belonging is considered a core psychological need and has a big impact on our physical health.
Studies show that loneliness is toxic—it’s more harmful to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
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Our beliefs about ourselves and the stories we tell ourselves as a result of those beliefs have a profound effect on our happiness and relationships.
What stories have you been telling yourself about yourself? If they are not moving you toward your goals, it’s time to choose a new story based on your ability to grow.
Optimism isn’t about wearing rose-colored glasses. It’s about choosing how you interpret the events in your life.
Research has shown that when we look at life through a lens of positivity, we are more likely to enjoy better mental and physical health. It’s also a key component when it comes to business success.
The simple act of looking for things to be grateful for attunes our brains to the good. Gratitude is closely linked to our sense of well-being and makes us more resilient in the face of adversity.
Expressing gratitude reduces toxic emotions, diminishes depression, increases happiness and enriches relationships.
Finding ways to laugh at challenges, stressful situations, and even personal tragedy is one way resilient people cope and grow through misfortune.
Being able to laugh at challenges provides distance and perspective, but does so without denying pain or fear.
Helping others benefits the giver as much as those on the receiving end.
Caring for others triggers the biology of courage and creates hope.
Resilience isn’t something you’re born with, but something you build.
Psychologists say it’s comprised of behaviors, thoughts and actions that anyone can learn — a skill that can be improved, just like running or speaking a new language.
No matter how good we expect life to be, the pain, suffering, and the constant struggle is what gives meaning to life. The sweet isn't sweet without the sour.
It is through our hardships that we are grateful towards what we have and it is our unpleasant experiences that push us out of our comfort zone and make us learn lifelong lessons.
Pain is good, and you can leverage your hardships to carve out a diamond out of you.
Have quick, non-threatening conversations throughout the day: make small talk with your barista, the cashier at the grocery store, anyone you encounter who seems receptive.
Think of them as stretching a muscle: not the same as a full workout, but beneficial nonetheless. When you’re lonely, you go inward, and just stretching that little bit can kick-start a process that helps you feel better.