By Julius Chan
Qualification : Peer Support Specialist
Monday April 30 2018 13:25 PM Comments 0
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? In this talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares with us a 75-year-old study on adult development, which brings across the message that good, close relationships are good for our health and well-being.
Even though relationships are messy and they're complicated and the hard work of tending to family and friends are lifelong and it never ends, but over these 75 years, the study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community.
Thus, as a person journey along on his or her path to personal healing, it is important that we learn how to form good healthy relationships. To do this, there are 3 big lessons about relationships one can learn. The first is that social connections are really good for us, and that loneliness kills. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they're physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected. The second big lesson that we learned is that it's not just the number of friends you have, but it's the quality of your close relationships that matters. It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for our health, and living in the midst of good, warm relationships is protective. The third big lesson that we learned about relationships and our health is that good relationships don't just protect our bodies, they protect our brains. It turns out that being in a securely attached relationship to another person is protective, that for people who are in relationships where they really feel they can count on the other person in times of need, their memories stay sharper longer.
Therefore, we can see that in order to help us achieve personal healing, to become healthy again, it is so important to form good relationships.
Details of the online workshop on this topic and others are at the link below. We encourage you to join and benefit from these sessions.
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