One of the most powerful tools we have to improve our lives is our ability to connect emotionally and mentally with the self and others. Who we choose to connect with can have powerful effects on our entire being.
We engage with different people for different reasons daily. Whether it's your partner, friend, colleague, or child; it's the relationships that sustain and motivate us, that we need to nurture and protect.
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don't function as we were meant to.” - Brene Brown
Here are three reasons why you should foster positive relationships in your life.
1. Positive relationships sustain us
Treat yourself with empathy and kindness, and it will naturally lead to empathy and kindness towards others.
Learn not to constructively evaluate your mistakes, avoid being over critical and judgemental - you are only human after all. In short empathy and kindness nourish our mental state.
“If you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”—Daniel Goleman
2. Our relationships make us more resilient
A well-nourished mental state provides us with the strength to maintain our motivation. It makes us more resilient to handle disappointment, failure, and change. Our relationships support us through difficult times by providing us with a safe space to unwind and regain focus.
3. Loving relationships reduce stress
The safe and secure feeling of a positive relationship calms anxiety and helps us blow off steam during stressful times. People who feel valued, feel confident and good about themselves. In return, they will feel more self-assured when confronted with stressful situations.
This month, embrace all the loving relationships in your life. But more importantly, embrace yourself! A happy relationship with yourself is life's best remedy.
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