Good relationships keep us happier and healthier

According to a Harvard study, the more time you spend with people, the happier you are. This conclusion followed 75 years of collecting data.

Robert Waldinger, Professor of Psychology and Director of the centre behind the research, says, “Close relationships can make or break a person’s well-being. Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period!”

As lockdowns have put distance between our relationships, it is clear why so many people have been negatively affected by the pandemic. This is especially the case for those who have struggled with technology.

Keeping in touch via video conferencing and telephone has helped me spend time with people. While it is not the same as face to face meetings, seeing and chatting with others has increased my well-being.

Over the past year, I have been leading Relationology courses via Zoom. Delegates have told me it not only helps them achieve goals but sharing with others has been inspiring and given them a much-needed lift. It has been a joy to witness, if I’m honest!

While the courses promote accountability, spending time with people has helped improve well-being. It has also allowed delegates to increase their relational ecosystem – and many have relationships with people they would never have met physically due to their location!

Growing trust

One of the reasons we are happier is that we grow to trust each other. If our relational ecosystem is rooted in authentic relationships, we need not worry about whether those people have our interests at heart.

This theory confirms my belief that relationships are the true currency of business, not money. Your business grows naturally as more people are confident that you are giving them the best service or product.

There is an art or process when building and maintaining business relationships, which I call SuperPowers. Unlike heroes in capes, however, these SuperPowers are not mystical abilities. Relationology SuperPowers can be learned and should be applied in your day to day running of your business.

Your SuperPowers

Whilst working on Relationology Masterminds, I recognised there were seven steps to successful relationships, or as I call them, SuperPowers.

Over a couple of months, I began to write and produce the SuperPowers course. There are 7 SuperPowers that, once mastered, will help you unravel and put in place positive actions to make your relationships more effective.

The result is that rather than collect a lot of contacts on your phone, you create a workable solution that helps you sow, grow and maintain your relationships. After the success of the first SuperPowers course, delegates asked to buy the book that accompanied it.

I’ll be honest: I hadn’t written it! They also asked about the course being available for online learning at a delegate’s own pace. Again, this wasn’t available, so I set to work!

Last month, the online course went live. And next week, the book will be available digitally and in print. I thoroughly enjoyed writing the book, but I also relished asking my closest colleagues for their comments about it.

Spending time with them and listening to their comments has helped me feel happier and increased my well-being.

The SuperPowers journey I’ve taken has illustrated the importance of staying in contact with others. As the world slowly unlocks after the pandemic, there will be a clamour to spend time with others.

You don’t need me to tell you what it will feel when you finally spend time with family members you haven’t seen for a while. Instead, I would like to encourage you to remember your business relationships. Arrange that catch-up and be authentic. It will not only help improve your happiness, as the study shows, it will also help your business in the future.

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