Making Connections Is Vital (Guest Post)

By Dr. Sinu, MD

Keep It Authentic

Whether you are young, old, rich or poor, do not isolate yourself and think that you have the world at your fingertips; it’s a fantasy. No matter how talented or successful you may be, isolation will eat you alive; first
will come the insecurity and anxiety, followed by the inevitable depression. A lone wolf mentality does not last.

Emotional intelligence involves having self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills; the ability to make connections. Strong friendships, family relationships and other connections are key to developing excellent mental health.

Whether you are a student, lawyer or NBA baller, the benefits from making prosperous connections are enormous:
New friendships that will bring you happiness and love
A boost in confidence (being able to handle multiple connections will increase your sense of value)
Improved social skills (the more you interact with different types of people, the more diversity you expose yourself too)
Gaining new knowledge and insight (people come from many different walks of life; there is always something new you can learn)
Helps keep depression away (depression strives best when we are lonely and vulnerable; keep the depression door shut and open the social doors that will bring you happiness and prosperity)

Lastly, do not take advantage of your connections; your selfishness will not go unnoticed forever. Be authentic and strive to learn and build with your connections; sharing is caring!
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17 thoughts on “Making Connections Is Vital (Guest Post)

  1. I used to think it was such an advantage to not needing people, but I realized the misconception almost immediately. I liked this post a lot for bringing out the exact reasons it’s so important to connect and build rapport with others

  2. “Strong friendships, family relationships and other connections are key to developing excellent mental health.”

    That’s great if you have close friends, a large family, and happen to be involved in a lot of activities. Since I was a little kid, I had to learn how to deal with my loneliness by entertaining myself. I’ve had depression for as long as I can remember and I spend the majority of time alone. Yes, it makes me more vulnerable for sure, but I didn’t have much of a choice growing up. Now, as an adult, it’s especially difficult to break out of this pattern and become a “social butterfly”. My mother didn’t let me have fun and was very strict which added to the lack of activities and other social connections. I come from a very small family and I don’t have many close friends either. I can make friends but I can’t seem to maintain them or make them stick. Does this mean I’m emotionally immature?

    1. Since this is a guest post I necessarily share the same opinions as the writer. I don’t think that makes you emotionally immature because like you I don’t have a large family and I was never social- having social anxiety doesn’t help the situation either- which makes it very difficult for me to branch out or do social activities so I can see where you’re coming from. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    2. Hi Hilary, it does not mean that you are emotionally immature but you have to take a step back and ask yourself, “why can’t I maintain my new friends?” Maybe you are not attracting the right people in your life, or maybe you are doing something wrong. Being honest with yourself and carefully analyzing your patterns and ways will allow you to determine the answer. But do not give up just because you had a strict mother and did not form social connections since you were little. You can always change your life around 🙂

  3. Sorry that I have been off the grid for awhile, but my main computer was back at the factory for two months being repaired and I was using a backup. Anyway, I agree that connections are important and directly related to how you grew up. My mother and father were both extremely outgoing and my father was especially so. Being the only male in the family I tried to copy many of his mannerisms as I grew up and, thankfully, his outgoing nature was one. It has been extremely helpful in my business relationships and, hopefully, now in my blog.

  4. Even wolves prefer to travel in packs. I think not everyone has been blessed with the same sort of strong family background that encourages a healthy home life, but at the very least, we can each create a family for ourselves as we grow older with those friends we trust and love.

    I agree, networking is important. It’s equally as important to surround yourself with those who are going to be supportive, encouraging and understanding. Rather than those who are quick to judge and label.

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