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How To Build Relationships And Enhance Happiness: 4 Insights From Neuroscience

How to build relationships and enhance happiness: 4 insights from neuroscience

4/12/2021 9:44:00 PM

How to build relationships and enhance happiness: 4 insights from neuroscience

Distance has been detrimental to relationships, but we can rebuild and reconnect for greater happiness.

Building RelationshipsSo what does it take to build relationships—especially during a global pandemic—and how can we rebuild our relationships as things start to return to pre-pandemic conditions? There are some specific ways and especially effective ways to nurture connections:

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#1 InvestIn order to have great relationships, you’ll need to invest time and depth.Based on the research by Hall, it will take you 60 hours to cement a friendship, so you’ll need to be intentional about spending time together. Chemistry matters too, and not every person will have the makings of the right match for you. Research by Hayes also shows that if friendships are to become deeper—rather than pure acquaintances—that tends to happen rather quickly, within the first 3-9 weeks of the relationship. Bottom line: You may know fairly quickly if the relationship is right, and from there you’ll need to make plenty of time to develop it.

It’s also beneficial to take your relationships one friend at a time. While you may get together in groups, you’ll need to develop connections with each person in turn. Getting to know people more intimately takes focus and while sharing funny stories in a big group over beers is fun, depth in relationships is generally built in smaller, more intimate settings. headtopics.com

You’ll also need to have plenty of regular contact. Sure, there are examples of friendships where you see each other once a year and can pick up exactly where you left off, but these are the exceptions, not the rule. Typically, you’ll build relationships more effectively when you see people regularly and check in on an ongoing basis—whether it’s a text, a phone call or lunch. More is better when it comes to building relationships.

#2 Divulge And RiskThe relationships that thrive are typically multi-faceted—they include plenty of depth, but also plenty of different activities and time together that help us get to know the other person.Great relationships demand a level of intimacy. You can have plenty of acquaintances and an expansive network with people you don’t know well, but true connections arise from really knowing someone—their struggles, their failures and their strengths. In order to nurture this type of intimacy, share your own secrets. Open up to others and divulge details about yourself, and this will usually cause them to open up as well—deepening the relationship.

The best relationships also grow out of shared experiences, so do things together. Interestingly, you can take your relationships to the next level by getting out of the context where you met the person in the first place. If you got to know your colleague at work, going to dinner together is a mutual commitment to take your relationship to the next level because you’re agreeing to go beyond your current boundary. If you got to know someone in your college class, getting together for lunch can be the next step forward. In terms of the activities you choose to do, you can keep it tame and meet at the dog park with your pooches or get together with a colleague for dinner and to brainstorm about a problem you want to solve in your company. But you can also enhance friendships by taking risks together. Go skydiving, try axe-throwing or learn to sail—anything that will stretch you out of your comfort zone—together.  

Another way to risk is to take the chance to do nothing together. Sometimes deepening a relationship can happen best when you’re just sitting around together on a Sunday afternoon or sipping a glass of wine during an evening on the balcony watching the sun set. The absence of activity can provide space to enjoy each other’s company in a quiet, more intense way. headtopics.com

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#3 Make It MeaningfulYou can also build relationships by being intentional about what you talk about. Read more: Forbes »

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