Having healthy relationships may be a key component to living a longer and happier life. Many studies identify strong, healthy relationships with family and friends as a key factor in one’s own health and well being. As I start the second week of my “vacation” , visiting friends and family, I am reminded by a close friend of mind that “relationships are the currency of life.” In today’s culture, the multitude of tasks and responsibilities make it challenging to keep up with friends and family. Many of us complain of loneliness, feeling isolated or disconnected. Yet, the reality is we need to put in the time and effort to keep these relationships strong and alive.
Celebrating my nieces recovery from cancer was the start of my trip. Since then, I have traveled to 3 states to see friends and colleagues from my earlier days living in the Boston area. By the end of next week, I will add 2 more!
It’s a lot of traveling in a short period of time but people are spread out now so it takes time and miles to do this.
While e-mails, texts and phone calls are fine in and of themselves, there is nothing like sharing and creating experiences with friends and loved ones to re-kindle old relationships and solidify newer ones. Experiences are what memories are made of. Memories are powerful triggers to our emotions. So, I intend to accumulate as many positive experiences with friends and family over the next week and return home with a re-newed sense of energy and purpose.
What about you? Take some time to reflect on your own relationships and decide if some of your relationships can use a makeover. Healthy relationships take time and effort to develop and maintain but it is a great return on investment!