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Building a network of personal relationships

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We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods.
The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.
Paul Bloom


  • What are the characteristics of your personal relationships?
  • Can you group your personal relationships by themes (or perhaps what you have in common)?
  • What themes do you have?
  • Is it around a shared life experience (e.g. student together, both have children a similar age, etc)?
  • Is it around a shared belief or shared purpose?
  • What other elements create the “bond” you have?
  • How do you feel about each person (or themed group) and the relationship you have?

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Healthy social networks help us remain resilient in times of stress and to feel good about ourselves.

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