Sometimes in life we may have nothing to our names, and all we need to keep us going will be family love, it might come from anybody not just our blood relatives. The saying “Family is everything” is awesome and family are the people we can count on when we are in need of social support, that is why we need to invest on people like spouse, children, extended family, friends and colleagues, so we can multiply our emotional, intellectual, and physical resources.
Having strong social support won’t just make us happier in life, but we will become more productive, engaged, energetic, and resilient. The happiest people are those who always hold firm to their social support. Instead of divesting, they invest in their social support, knowing that family is all they have got and social relationship is one greatest investment.
“Our need for social support isn’t just in our heads. Evolutionary psychologists explain that the innate need to affiliate and form social bonds has been literally wired into our biology. When we make a positive social connection, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into our bloodstream, immediately reducing anxiety and improving concentration and focus. Each social connection also bolsters our cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and immune systems, so that the more connections we make over time, the better we function.” – Shawn Achor
There was a time I found myself in a country where I have no single relative and I thought all hope were lost, but I thrived and survived with the help of social connections that I made. I am grateful for my upbringing and it has been helping me in making new families everywhere I go. I am very happy, because I always benefit from social support through the social relationships I have made.
Social support is a far greater predictor of happiness than some other factors, as human beings are by default social animals and we need that sense of belonging. Our relationships with other people matters a lot, just as we need food, water and air, we tend to need social relationships to thrive. We bounce back from setbacks faster, accomplish more, and feel a greater sense of purpose when we have social supports.
So in essence, I implore you to start building your social circle by making social connections and relationships which can positively benefit your life; and you will experience a wonderful fulfilled life.