How “connected” are you? Studies show that our capacity to connect with other people plays an important role in our personal happiness, longevity, and ability to handle stress.
Unfortunately, since highly sensitive people tend to need a lot of “alone” time, it’s relatively easy to get caught up in our own “little worlds”. While it’s healthy to have some alone time, we need to be careful that we don’t take it too far and become socially isolated.
It’s critical for HSPs to seek out like-minded people, especially those who are nurturing and optimistic. Advantages to joining a social group include:
- They provide emotional support, companionship, and an outlet to share our thoughts.
- Giving and receiving support not only feels good, but also reduces our stress, strengthens our bodies, and gives us the courage and confidence to be our best selves.
- Keeps us from feeling isolated and lonely.
- Lifts our spirits and improves our outlook of the future.
- Researchers have found that people are happier when they are with other people than when they are alone.
- Belonging to a group gives us a sense of identity.
Everyone is different and it’s important to honor the amount of social connection that we need. A balance of online and offline connection is something to think about. You can find social groups that coincide with your interests. A good place to start is http://www.meetup.com.
You can find groups for any interest in a location near you. If there isn’t a group, you can start one. Does anyone have any other suggestions? How “connected” are you? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.