Optimism Works ~ Close Relationships Are a Source of Happiness

When it comes to cultivating a bright outlook, our sense of community is more important than our material possessions or even our career status,  Having close relationships and interacting with people are terrific sources of happiness,” explains Simon-Thomas.”

I have a friend Bob, a widower, who walks around with a dark cloud over his head. When I see Bob as I walk by his house. I stop and chat with him. Bob complains he hasn’t any friends. He told me he is an introvert and it’s hard for him to meet people. It’s something I can’t do for Bob. He has to move against his isolation tendencies and broaden his circle of relationships. If you know someone like Bob, stop by every once in a while and engage him/her in a conversation. It will mean a lot to him/her and you’ll feel good for doing a kindness. 

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