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The importance of quality relationships

Social psychologists have been studying the need all humans have to belong. It is an intrinsic motivator and even forms a big part of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, as important as food, shelter, and safety.

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According to Happiness expert Annie McKee, “one of the ways we can make ourselves happy and feel more fulfilled in our workplaces is to build friendships with the people that work with us, work for us and even with our boss.” 

The strong and quality relationships give us support and help give us that sense of belonging and self-worth. Think back to a day you spent with your friends, where you got the chance to chat and laugh. It gave you the feelings of happiness.  

Remember that it is not how many friends you have but rather the quality of these friends.  

Why else is it so important to create connections? 

🛎 Less Stress – friendships boost happiness which in turn reduces stress. When you are feeing most stressed from either work or life, it is easier to speak to someone that understands you or gives you the space to vent, that allows the stress to be calmer. 

🛎Good connections help build strong company culture – when we have good social connections it supports respect, loyalty, and trust. This can be where people in a team become more creative as they collaborate. 

🛎Healthier Physically – when we have stronger support networks it can support lowering blood pressure and it has been proven according to studies such as those from Mayo Clinic that identified that there was significant reduced risk of health problems such as depression, high blood pressure and unhealthy body mass index. It can also contribute to living a longer life. 

🛎Inspires positivity – when we surround ourselves with people who love, care and respect us it can fill us with hope and inspire us to be more grateful. 

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