Connections for Happiness

By Celeste Blackman, guest speaker July 12-13

celesteblackmanConnecting with one another is a key ingredient for happiness. One of the clearest findings to emerge from research into happiness is that we are social creatures who long for connection. We feel better just being around other people, it makes us feel happier. And when we are happier, we are more fun to be around, creating an “upward spiral” of happiness. Happiness is contagious and that too is good for your health!

According to John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, social isolation has an impact on health comparable to high blood pressure, obesity, lack of exercise or smoking. Feelings of isolation show up in measurements of stress hormones, adversely impacting both the immune and cardiovascular functions, among others. When all is said and done, the best guarantee of a long and healthy life may be the connections we have with other people.

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