Connection in this sense does not just refer to the quality of our relationship with others, but the quality of our connection with ourselves, as well as with the world.
In this modern age, connection is something that we can all improve upon, and the first step is taking the time to consider where the greatest challenge lies. Is it a relationship? Your child's experience in school? Work? Your Marriage? Parenting? Or just a general overwhelm or discontent? No matter the challenge, the solution can almost always be found in connection.
Research shows us that when we develop certain practices (behaviors or skills) it deepens our connection to one or all of the elements of the trinity of our lives (self, other, & world) and moves the needle on personal happiness and the happiness of those around us including our children. Practices such as growth-mindset, grit, empathy, savoring, mastery, mindfulness, awe, emotional-intelligence, forgiveness, family narratives, traditions, flow, free play, engagement, vulnerability and spirituality (to name a just a few) have all been found to significantly increase levels of happiness and are indeed all connection strategies that can be improved upon with practice.
Connection is the Rosetta Stone for happiness. It is our connection to ourselves, to each other, and to the world that creates happiness. Connection is the action; happiness is the outcome. Want more happiness and success for you and your kids? Create deeper, more meaningful connections in all parts of your life.
Stay tuned for the research with simple connection practices you can implement in your daily life, visit my blog archive, or feel free to email me with questions.
P.S. Wondering Why Happiness Matters?
“Happy people have overall higher incomes, greater productivity, higher quality of work, more satisfying and longer-lasting marriages, more friends, stronger social support and better social interactions. They also experience more energy, more flow, stronger immune systems, lower stress levels, less pain and even longer lives than unhappy people…Study after study indicated that happy people are ‘more creative, helpful, charitable, and self-confident, have better self-control, and show greater self-regulatory and coping abilities’” -Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky.