Successful Relationships Reading Corner
This week, we wrote about how you can come from the positive and feel contented in your relationships. Here are some articles and studies connected to this topic.
The Essence of Contentment: How Acceptance Promotes Happiness “You may have often heard that contentment is the key to happiness. You might have even been told many times to be content with what you have. But have you ever wondered what contentment is, exactly? Contentment means to be happy with what you have, who you are, and where you are. It is respecting the reality of the present. It is appreciating what you do have and where you are in life. Contentment does not mean the absence of desire; it just means you are satisfied with your present, and you trust that the turns your life”
Good Social Relationships Are The Most Consistent Predictor of a Happy Life “Humans are ultra-social species. It’s our nature, and we can’t live our lives without interactions. Ultimately, other people play a crucial role in our happiness. Psychology says that part of human nature’s default mode is to be social. According to one theory — people have an innate (and very powerful) need to form and maintain strong, stable interpersonal relationships. Heaps of research suggest that social connections make people happier. Satisfying relationships not only make people happy, but they also associated with better health and even longer life.”
Relationships and Happiness “Key Discoveries: • People who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. • The sharing of personal feelings (self-disclosure) plays a major role in the relief of stress and depression. • Listening carefully and responding in encouraging ways (Active-Constructive Responding) is a very effective way to cultivate positive emotions and deepen relationships.”