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Friday, January 8, 2010

Resolution of the Day: CONNECT

We have the illusion we are separate from another, but we spring from one source.  Nonetheless, in this age of hyper-virtual-connectedness, people report being lonelier than in previous generations.   A 2006 Duke study found that in two decades, Americans reported one third less confidantes, and the number who had no one at all they felt they could confide in more than doubled. There are serious implications to our epidemic of loneliness. The longitudinal Harvard Nurses' Study found the effects of not having close friends to confide in were as detrimental to physical health as smoking or excessive weight.

For me, viewing this video was an intense reminder that we are all in this together-- and that we spring from the same source.  We are all capable of suffering, and also of joy and love.  But we concentrate on the differences, and we feel alone.  My resolution for today is to look for that place of connection with the people I see-- to focus on where we are together in the world..

Quote for the day: “Let there be such oneness between us, that when one cries, the other tastes salt.”  (author unknown)

Website of the day:  bettertogether.org

Song of the day:  You've Got a Friend-- James Taylor


marlasvo said...

sister- if you had the chance to see or could look up on their website- pbs aired a new 3 part series entitled This Emotional Life. It was incredible. The 3rd show spoke to how relationships, more than anything else, (money success possessions etc) feed happiness.

Jana Svoboda, LCSW said...

Hi sweetpea:
I didn't see it yet, but have the second two ready to view when I can sit still. I am looking forward to it. Thanks,