The connections, the relationships and the people in our lives add to our wellbeing, and help protect and sustain our mental health. Evidence suggests that friendships and family relationships can be some of the greatest sources of happiness.
Listen to your friends and family when they are talking, focus on what they have to say, pay attention to their behaviour and body language and remember what they have said. Do not jump to a judgement until you have heard everything.
Loyalty to your friends and family is also very important when trying to maintain a healthy relationship with them. Close relationships should not rely on what the other person can do for you that. Providing that it does not undermine your values, you should support your friends and family unconditionally.
Laugh with your friends and family. Laughter binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.