Researchers consistently identify social connection as a top predictor of happiness, health, and success. Our network of relationships are so valuable to our well-being and effectiveness in life that they're even referred to as "social capital."
It's not just having social ties that creates the happiness effect. Some of the people closest to us are the most crazy-making, or haven't you noticed?
It's the quality of connections that we crave: love, acceptance, compassion, laughter, joy, intimacy, stimulation, support.
So, what do we do?