Why are relationships so important to our happiness? Discover Why Strong Relationships Make Happier People.
Being close to friends, family or part of a group gives us a sense of identity. It helps us understand who we are and feel part of something larger than ourselves. Friends and family encourage and support us in healthy lifestyle habits, such as exercise and socialising and this is why of all of our relationships our family and friends are the ones where we derive the greatest happiness.
Research shows that people are happier when they are with other people than when they are alone. And the “boost” is the same for introverts as it is for extroverts. It also shows that happy people are more pleasant, helpful, and sociable. So it’s a virtuous circle – being around people makes us feel happier, and when we are happier we are more fun to be around.
Science also tells us that being in a group of people with something in common increases our levels of the happiness hormone serotonin. We transmit our emotional state with thousands of subtle non-verbal signals in our posture, breathing, expression and movement. We also pick up other people’s emotional signals. This means we literally sense each other, even if we never actually touch at all.
So it makes sense to strengthen and work on our relationships, after all happiness is something that we share and is always better when shared with friends, family or groups.
What if you could be more happy today? Check now our Top 10 Happiness Tips in Everyday Life >>here<<