This episode is part of the Exploring Happiness Framework series. Connections is pillar number 3. For us humans, it is super important to connect. We feel safer in numbers. Connecting with others releases Oxytocin which makes us happy. It helps us to trust others and bond with them.
There are two types of connections – Love and Community. Love describes friends and family – all those relationships in which we (willingly or unwillingly) invest time and attention. Community are all the others in our life – e.g. shop keepers, neighbours, and work colleagues.
Connections can make us happy but they also can make us unhappy. Obligations, conflicts, jealousy and impostor syndrome would be a few roadblocks. I’m reflecting about all these in the episode. So listen and then comment below:
Look at the Podcast overview page if you haven’t listened to my other episodes. I have covered general topics like what happiness is and how gratitude, positive thinking, being social and healthy habits support happiness. I’m talking about topics like global warming, play and negativity bias. And most importantly, I have answered the question of who is responsible for your happiness and what to do about it.
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