Many people are confused about this “connection thing,” as my husband calls it. If you’re one of them, please keep reading.
Brene Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
For me, connection is the telomeres of the DNA that keep us thriving, moving toward each other in a dance of love and grace.
Studies show lack of connection is worse for your health than smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. Having connection with others can improve your longevity by 50% and even strengthen your immune system.
Connecting with our loved ones, our office staff, even our neighbors can be more important to our health than losing ten pounds. Isn’t that surprising?
And if you’re looking to improve your bank balance in the new year, you may want to foster connection. How’s that?
It turns out that wealthy people value connection and tend to hang out with like-minded people who are positive and successful. It’s not so much a question of “being connected,” but of sharing the spirit of well-being that surfaces in that environment.
As time goes by, individuals who have strong connections with others prove to be wiser than those who are considered loners. How can this be?
Sharing what you learn, talking with interesting people and keeping company with people smarter than you are ways that connection makes you smarter. Just like playing sports with others who are better than you improves your game, hanging out with people a little smarter than you can give you a leg up.
What does all this data mean to you on a daily basis?
If you’re having trouble taking the time to connect to others, remembering the advantages to connecting may help.
I’d love you to share how you’re going to make more connections this year in the comments below. We can all use your input on ways to #ConnectMore!