Relationships affect our behavior, how we see ourselves in the world, how we relate to others, and our overall level of happiness. Harvard longevity researcher Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, says, “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old.”
Valentine’s Day is a reminder that love is what motivates us the most and that others are very important to us. Let’s take this holiday opportunity to reach out and tell someone how valuable they are to us, to our family, friends, community, and to the entire fabric of society. My point is this: “Everyone matters.”
Instead of bookending your day with the daily bad news, try clicking onto the picture below for a good news website that is filled with wondrous stories about the love, fellowship and compassion that is evident and prevalent in society everywhere every day. Consider how embraced and loved this woman felt on Valentine’s Day when 70 teenagers surprised her with their gratitude.