Stay Connected To Stay Happy!

Dear Readers,

One of the benefits of being part of a tiny community is that we are naturally more close-knit than most other communities. Being close-knit is especially a boon to us as we have an aging population with many seniors living on their own. But, are we actively connecting enough?

As the saying goes, ‘no man is an island’ – we are social beings and though we can be happy on our own, staying connected with others makes us much happier and even healthier. Isolation often leads to sadness, depression and disease – but being involved as active community members has a contrary influence in our lives.

Building authentic relationships and staying connected is the key to both – mental and physical wellbeing. It has been proven that those who showed the greatest satisfaction with their relationships at age 50, were the ones who were healthiest at age 80! Staying actively connected builds a support network like none other.

As per research conducted by psychologists studying the long-term impact of high levels of stress and trauma caused by the epidemic, an increasing number of people worldwide, are suffering from a compromised sense of compassion and connect with each other. This has been culminating into depressiveness, emotional apathy, and many feeling a sense of futility and under-confidence, which results in you withdrawing from connecting with friends and family.

If you, or your loved ones, have been feeling this way, it’s time to work on reconnecting with those you love and who love and care for you. Bonding with friends and family is different from just being present with them. Put in the effort to connect in the real sense. Put your phones to good use for a change and call up those close to your heart! You will find no greater peace! In short, stay connected to stay happy! Best summed up in the words of Mother Teresa, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Have a good weekend!

– Anahita

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