In 1938, Harvard University researchers embarked on a decades-long study to find out: What makes a person happy in life? Researchers collected health records from 724 participants from around the world and asked detailed questions about their lives at two-year intervals.
And according to what was published by the American CNBC network, the answer was, contrary to what many think, that it was not achieving professional or financial achievement, exercise or a healthy diet. The most consistent finding, confirmed by Harvard experts through 85 years of study, is that positive relationships make people happier, healthier, and live longer without disease.
The first key to happiness
Relationships affect a person physically. Some people notice a sense of relief when they think someone really understood them during a good conversation? In romantic relationships, some may fall asleep from excessive enthusiasm. So, to ensure that a person enjoys healthy and balanced relationships, it is important that they practice ‘social fitness’.
Some people tend to think that once they establish strong friendships and relationships, they will be able to enjoy interesting company. But in fact, social life is a living system that needs practice and care in order to grow and survive.
Social fitness requires that relationships be valued, that a person be honest with themselves about where they devote their time and whether they nurture the connections that help them thrive.
Human beings are social creatures, and not every single person can provide for himself everything he needs. Therefore, humans need others to interact with them and help them, and they need to evaluate the positivity and strength of their social relationships in the light of 5 basic pillars, as follows:
1. Safety and security: If one wonders, who will he contact if he wakes up frightened in the middle of the night? Or who to turn to for support in a moment of crisis? He will know anyone associated with him in a relationship that gives him a sense of safety and security.
2. Learning and Growing: Identifying a person who encourages a person to try new things, seize opportunities, and pursue his life goals will help him develop and document a relationship that pushes him forward.
3. Emotional closeness and trust: It is instinctively natural for a person to share his secrets and to communicate in moments of weakness with the person or persons he feels emotionally close to and trusts.
4. Affirmation of identity and shared experience: In the lives of many, there is someone who shares many experiences with them and helps them strengthen their sense of identity. Being associated with someone who provides these characteristics helps to deal with the advent of life with stability and confidence.
5. Help (informational and practical): It gives the feeling that there is someone a person can turn to when he needs some experience or help in solving a practical problem, fixing a Wi-Fi connection or recovering a lost document from the phone or computer that gives a sense of security and reflects his trust in the other. Who is not ashamed to show him that there is something he is ignorant of or does not master.
6. Fun and relaxation: The person, whether from relatives or friends, who makes a person laugh or rushes to contact him when thinking of taking a trip or going to see a movie, is equally important with all of the other five traits.
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