Nurture Positive, Supportive Relationships

At our core we are pack animals. That sense of belonging and connectedness is built in to our DNA and we learned that those who stuck together and supported one another, survived the tough times and prospered. Unfortunately, as a species we have taken a step back in our societal growth and connectedness. We've become fractured and are spending less time in our real-world communities and more time isolated behind our desks, screens and devices. 

There is a deep spiritual hunger in this country. The real epidemic in our culture is not only physical heart disease, but also what I call emotional and spiritual heart disease. The profound sense of loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression that are so prevalent in our culture with the breakdown of the social structures that used to provide us with a sense of connection and community. It is, to me, a root of the illness, cynicism, and violence in our society.
— Dr. Dean Ornish

When we think of health and overall wellness we rarely consider what an important role our positive, supportive relationships play in whether we are sick or healthy. Isolation and sadness have a greater impact on our longevity than any other risk factor for all cause mortality. There is nothing more critical to our survival as individuals or as a society than how much we support, love and share intimacy with one another.

These positive, supportive connections will be different for each of us and are an essential part of a life of Optimal Health & Happiness. Share more intimacy with a loved one. Connect with family and close friends on a deeper level. Find local groups that share common interests. Consider adopting a pet or volunteering some of your time at an animal shelter or sanctuary.

What ever these relationships are for you, take time each day to connect with another living being in a way that makes you feel joyful.