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community & Personal Relationships


Research shows that the single most important predictor of human happiness and long life is having strong social connections, because they affect our physical, mental and emotional health. Health-related measures, like blood pressure and heart rate, improve even with short positive social interactions. Below are some tips that may help you create and keep important connections in your life.

form new social connections

  • Volunteer; helping others improves health, increases happiness and allows you to meet new people

  • Connect with a community resource center to find local options

  • Find online or community groups of those who share the same interests– or Facebook groups are a great place to look

  • Join a religious or spiritual group

  • Help at a local animal shelter or adopt a pet to connect with other animal lovers

  • Go to a local sports event, music performance, lecture or art display

  • Help organize community events by joining a steering committee or board

  • Attend community celebrations like parades or walks

  • Take a course at your local library or community college

  • Ask your employer for ways to increase social connections at work

  • Look for social opportunities that improve other areas of health such as activity groups or healthy cooking classes.


nurture existing relationships

  • Make the effort to call loved ones regularly

  • When spending time with those you love, feel and express gratitude

  • Engage authentically, putting the phone down and living in the moment

  • Save space for time with friends away from family, whether a night out or a short getaway

  • Try to keep your interactions and words positive

  • Share new experiences

  • Be there for those who need you

  • Be flexible, supportive and excited about what others are doing in their lives

Resources for kids, teens & Parents

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