A 15-minute Exercise to Make You Feel More Connected During the Holidays

A 15-minute Exercise to Make You Feel More Connected During the Holidays

The holidays can be a particularly lonely time of year for those experiencing health challenges. Surprisingly, it's not the size of their family, nor the number of friends (or followers) that can make a difference.

“People can be socially isolated and not feel lonely. Likewise, people can feel lonely when surrounded by lots of people, especially if the relationships are not emotionally rewarding.”

According to the latest research on the impact of loneliness on health, which is outlined in Jane E. Brody article, How Loneliness Affects Our Health in yesterday's New York Times.

It’s the subjective feeling of connection that is essential to happiness, resilience, and longevity. “Social connectedness creates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being according to Emma Sepalla, PhD, Science Director at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track. It can even predict vulnerability to disease according to this landmark survey

So how can we help our loved ones feel more connected? Well, it’s similar to a safety rule advised by airlines -- make sure you are feeling connected before assisting others. With many activities and people competing for your attention this season, thinking about your own needs may be second, third, or fourth on your list.

The good news is that feeling more connected can take as little as 15 minutes with this simple exercise from The UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and Hope Lab. 

Taking 15 minutes to reflect on the people who provide you with support and the qualities they embody when supporting you, can enhance your own feelings of security and inspire the actions and qualities you want to embody with others.

At Weal Life we are continuously working to improve our understanding of how to make supporting one another easier and more meaningful.  We agree with the researchers at UC Berkeley that “Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.”   Happy practicing and connecting!

Wishing you a joyful and connected holiday season!

Photo Credit: Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash

 

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