Current mood: hopeful
Much more on this will follow in this space, probably next week*.
researcher pointed out, 'virtually every study on human happiness
reveals that satisfying close relationships constitute the very best
thing in life. There is _nothing_ people consider more meaningful
and essential to their mental and physical well-being than their close
relationships with other people'
If this is indeed the case,
then shouldn't it be easy for us to tend to our relationships and keep
the closeness we need? The answer, sadly, is 'no'. Cultural
forces that we identified earlier make it increasingly difficult to
form and maintain close relationships. In addition, we often fail
to appreciate the fact that having people around is not the same thing
as having close relationships. Merely being surrounded by people
does not mean that you have adequate emotional closeness with
them. What you need are relationships characterized by
disclosure, trust, and caring. Casual, superficial contacts don't
do the trick and may actually tire us out more than they recharge our
batteries, especially if we're introverts who need time and space
Ooh, now that last line hits home, to me and a few others I know (and wish I knew better).
- I've realized that I just cannot focus on a book if there's an
internet connected PC next to me... reading is going slowly!]
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