Text, tweet, and call for face to face conversation. Positive social connections increase longevity. Maintaining positive relationships is as important as exercising, following a healthy diet, or not smoking. In a Scientific American article by Katherine Harmon, the author illustrates how “social ties boost survival by 50 percent” : Nurturing friendships and family connections may enhance all aspects of life.
“Are you kidding?” you ask. “Responsibilities at work and home are overwhelming. Meeting someone for lunch or hosting a dinner party seems frivolous.”
What may seem superficial compared to pressing needs is a priority. Invest in yourself. Take a break. Schedule a lunch, dinner or party. Meet with a longtime friend or family member. Join a social group. Attend a celebration. Host a party. Share ideas. Get feedback. Provide support. Swap resources. Relate stories. Relax. Laugh.
Opportunities for relationship building count in the workplace, too. Businesses are rejuvenated when Staff, Board Members, or Customers/Clients have opportunities to interact. A nonprofit organization hosts a dinner prior to a Board Meeting. A florist hosts a “Flower Arranging 101” class for customers. The local sports equipment retail store invites customers for coffee with a sports coach. School PTO’s schedule gatherings to enable parents to meet other parents. Businesses host parties.
Technology provides unimagined opportunities, however nothing replaces a good party. No focus groups needed. Studies indicate that positive relationships increase longevity. Focus on yourself. Host a party!
Life is short. Celebrate!