The link below leads to a video of a TED Talk by Dr. Robert Waldinger, who is one of the researchers involved in the Harvard study of Adult Development, a longitudinal study (over 75 years!) of men's (and more recently, some women) life experiences and perceptions. With compassion and humor, Dr. Waldinger explains the clearest message he gleaned from the rich and comprehensive data that has been gathered so far: good relationships keep us happier and healthier. People decline faster when they are more isolated than they want to be (physically or emotionally) from others. The quality of people's relationships affects their mood, cognitive functioning, physical health and pain perception. Feeling disconnected from others increases the likelihood of depression, anxiety, addiction and poor overall functioning. So, if you want to enhance the quality of your life, you have to take a look at the quality of your relationships, and be prepared to put in the work to make some changes. I hope you enjoy this video: https://youtu.be/8KkKuTCFvzI
"I want to be able to take a breath and think things through."
"I haven't been able to talk about this with anyone before."
"I am glad I could vent to someone who isn't going to laugh at me or think that I am weird."
No judgment. Really.