How to Build Connections with Others?
Human beings are social animals, and our relationships and connections with other people matter to us. Relationships help build a sense of belonging and self-worth. There’s also evidence that wellbeing can be passed on through relationships, so that being around people with strong mental wellbeing can improve your own mental wellbeing.
People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety, depression and anger. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.
How to build social connections?
Surround yourself with people with shared interests
It’s easy to bond with people who share the same interests and hobbies as you.
If you love traveling, it can be a great way to socialize and form new friendships with people that share this hobby with you.
Smile and try out a positive attitude
First impressions count. When you try to have a generally positive demeanor and a genuine smile will naturally draw people to you. That doesn’t mean you have to be positive all the time or blindly optimistic. But it’s helpful to do a gratitude exercise and spend a few minutes noticing what is good in your life prior to spending time around others.
Improve your communication skills
Every time you find yourself engaging in a conversation, make an effort to be present and listen to what the other person has to say. The more you show interest, the more genuine you come across. Ask questions. Show them you are listening and that you care.
Be curious about those around you
Curiosity is the desire to learn or know more. By being curious about those around us and the person we are talking to we can fully engage in a conversation or experience.
Find solutions that work for both of you
Conflict is a part of any relationship. It is essential that you both respect and accept your differences and similarities. Finding solutions that work for both of you will probably require compromise at different times.
Finding time together as a family can be difficult, but there are many benefits to regularly sharing family meals. Even one family meal a week gives everyone a chance to catch up, connect and communicate with each other.
There are times when we need extra help. When you are having a tough time, reach out for support. Try to accept help when someone offers it to you, and think of ways you can help others. Calling a friend or speaking to a trusted person can help you cope with difficulties, and gives you a chance to share and learn from others. Speak to Dr. Carla if you need more help,