Human beings thrive on relationships. Making new friends and fostering existing relationships with people in your friend and family circles will help you create a more fulfilling life. Why? Because as human beings, we are by nature social creatures.
From the beginning of time, we have socialized and developed relationships with one another to achieve common goals and during the hunter-gatherer times, this was necessary for our survival. Back then being alone meant certain death.
Because isolation and loneliness meant death back in those days, our brains have become hard-wired to desire the companionship of others. Countless studies have been done and they show that people who develop lasting and meaningful relationships with others are happier, they live longer and they can handle stress better.
Perhaps you can relate to this when you feel a certain happiness when you’re around those you care about and why losing those people is so painful.
When it comes to personal development and creating a happy and meaningful life, here are some reasons why relationships are an important component of this:
As we mentioned before, people who develop and foster relationships with other people tend to live longer. This is likely because developing relationships with others increases the feel-good chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and oxytocin.
When these chemicals are in abundance in the brain, we feel happier and the longer we feel this way the less likely we are to suffer things like strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.
Create Greater Impact in Peoples’ Lives
The closer you are to a person, the better you can change their lives for the better. People do not usually take advice, especially life changing advice, from people they do not know.
This is because the trust component is not there and if someone gives their words of wisdom to a person they hardly know, that person might think they are being nosey or self-righteous.
However, if you can offer your advice to a closer friend, your words may carry much weight when considering what to do in the areas of life and love.
Relationships with others also offer great support during times of difficulty in life. Whether you are going through a divorce, a financial hardship or a medical condition, surrounding yourself with friends and family will help you get through the tough times ahead. In addition to death and taxes, difficulties in life are a certainty so maintaining strong relationships with people you love and trust will only benefit you.
If your relationships are not giving strong support to you, be sure to self-evaluate and ask yourself whether you have a relationship with a toxic person or not. Surround yourself with good people who bring you up and you will see the quality of your life increase.
Relationships Are What Truly Matter in the Grand Scheme of Life
Although Empower Yourself Online endorses becoming wealthy, achieving great things through entrepreneurship and becoming financially free, we stress building successful relationships by 10-fold.
The reason being is that when you are on your death bed and are suffering from what ails you at hopefully a ripe age, you will have the utmost desire to be surrounded by those who love you and whom you love.
The amount of wealth or things that you have will not matter. What will matter is how people will remember you and whether someone will be holding your hand as you draw your last breaths.
When someone asks me what my worst fear is, it is to die with no one around me to remember me. It is to die alone. Not necessarily in the sense of marriage or dating, but in the sense of relationships. I believe most people have this fear because they long to be loved and to not be alone in their most vulnerable moment of life, their time of death.
More related to business and entrepreneurship, the more people you build relationships with the more opportunities you have to market your business. However, you should not make the mistake of using people or treating them as stepping stones to elevate yourself.
If you treat people this way, they will notice as you will seem fake and a lot like a sleazy car salesman when interacting with others. The best practice is to know as many people as you can and casually bring up your business in normal conversation.
Be genuinely interested in getting to know these people for the sake of knowing them and chances are you will run into people who will be willing to market your business, partner with you or become customers.
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