15th July 2021
by Clare Davy

Connections we have with family, friends, colleagues and our community provide us with happiness, support and a sense of purpose. Having strong connections with others is vital for our overall wellbeing.

Here is a list of ways to boost and strengthen your social connections:

  • Take care of yourself and practise self-compassion - if you are happier within and have a strong internal sense of connection, you are more likely to build and focus on social connections.
  • Prioritise quality time with loved ones – your connections with others have the same wellbeing benefits of regular exercise and good nutrition. Schedule time to speak regularly with friends and family.
  • Be present when connecting with others – give someone your full attention when they are interacting with you.
  • Remember the ‘little things’ – call or message friends on their birthday, send ‘thank you’ notes after an event, or text someone to let them know you are thinking of them.
  • Join a formal group – check out local sporting groups, book clubs, or other social and cultural groups. Look for opportunities to join groups and connect with others who share your interests and deeper personal values.
  • Be friendly at work – we spend so much of our time in the workplace, so it is important to cultivate good relationships with our colleagues.
  • Volunteer - research shows that compassion and volunteering have substantial health benefits and creates a sense of connection and purpose. Look for opportunities to help out and volunteer in your community.

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