What would you do to live to be 95 with very few health problems and a happy attitude?
Become a raw vegan?
Train for a marathon each year?
Meditate for 20 minutes a day?
All of those things might be helpful for you, but according to one of the longest-running studies ever, the one thing that clearly led to happiness, longevity, and improved well-being for its participants was social connectivity.
In this TED talk about the study, Robert Waldinger puts it simply when he points out that the biggest takeaway from 75 years worth of research is that “good relationships make us happier and healthier.” This means getting connected to the community, to your family, and to your friends.
So how can you do this?
You could go try to find a bunch more friends, but that isn’t really the idea here. It isn’t the number of social relationships that matters; it’s how connected you feel to those people.
So call a family member. Have coffee with a friend. Don’t neglect your marriage.
Your happiness and your health depend on it.
Who do YOU need to reach out to this week?