Human connections are essential. They are a way of learning about the world around you, finding avenues for help when you need it, gaining friendships, and maintaining family bonds. Relationships help you stave off loneliness and feel supported. There are different ways of being connected. Try a few of these today.
Send Letters and Thank You Notes
There is something special about going to your mailbox and seeing a letter (other than a bill or junk mail) addressed to you. Think about how valued you feel when you receive mail from someone, and make an effort to do the same for others in your life.
Start by selecting quality paper and envelopes to convey your sentiments. The simple act of choosing your signature color or their favorite one to write on holds meaning of its own.
The attention to detail in paper quality and design goes above and beyond the standard efforts of letter writing to make the recipient feel even more special.
If you have received a gift or help from someone, you have certainly told them thank you at the time of accepting the gift or assistance, but a paper thank you goes a step further. By sending a proper thank you through the mail or handing it to them in person, they feel truly valued and appreciated for what they have given or done for you.
Make Eye Contact and Try to Talk to Someone
When you are running errands, waiting in line, or commuting to and from work, you may be like most other people and keep your head down and to yourself. It is time to say no more to these self-contained moments.
Instead of maintaining your bubble of quiet isolation throughout the day, make a determined effort to make contact with those around you. Once you lock eyes, give the other person a small head nod to acknowledge their existence. A smile is always a nice effort, too.
Watch this video to learn how to keep the conversation flowing.
Meet Old Friends for a Vacation
Everyone has wonderful people who have come into their lives and they are no longer actively in touch with. It is time to make a change and reconnect. Message or even call your friends to talk. If you feel there is still a spark of friendship, make plans to take a trip together and make new memories in person.
If time, distance, and finances are an issue, rethink where you will meet. You do not have to go to a far-flung locale to have a good time together. Find an equidistant point. Research the area to learn about activities and amenities you will all enjoy. With this option, the trip will be easier on everyone’s pocketbook and mean less time for travel and to take off from work.
Write a letter or note to someone special in your life. Call a friend and invite them over for coffee and dessert. Make concerted efforts to engage with people around you. You will lead a richer and more fulfilled life with these human connections.