Make A Connection - Make A Difference
As GCAB encourages the community to “Say Hello this Christmas” we take a look at how connecting with others can benefit our health and wellbeing.
As relational beings, we are, hardwired for connection. We need to feel supported, valued and connected.People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Evidence teaches us that social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. Sometimes connection is a heart-to-heart, spill-it-all-out talk and sometimes it's just a laugh-out-loud e-mail.
Brene Brown, author and research professor, defines connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
Evidence shows that connecting with others and forming good relationships – with family, friends and the wider community – are important for mental wellbeing. Building stronger, broader social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth, therefore, developing and strengthening genuine connections with others is essential to our physical and mental well-being.
“No man is an Island” (John Donne, 1572 – 1631) reminds us that everyone needs someone. We all need the support of others to survive and everyone must depend on others in order to thrive.
Let’s not underestimate the power of connection, a small gesture, a kind word, can make a huge difference to someone else’s life and to your own life. “Say Hello this Christmas”.