Wellbeing isn’t the result of one thing, but the combination and accumulation of many things over time. If we think of wellbeing as a bank account, any ‘healthy habit’ will lead to a surplus, whilst any ‘bad habit’ will leave to a debt and like all debts, it has to be paid back at some point.
One important driver of wellbeing is social connections.In life and work, far more can be achieved by collaborating and working with other people who align with your values. 1+1 can literally = 9!
However, whilst we’re living in a time when we’re more connected than ever before, the irony is that we’re also more isolated than ever which is having serious consequences on our wellbeing. Indeed, psychologist John Cacioppo found that extreme loneliness can increase the odds of premature death amongst old people by 14%.
But what can you do to build and enhance connections with other people? Education and work are great places to start, but in the digital age, expanding and deepening your relationships has never been easier. Here are 6 ideas that will help: