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  • Desleigh White

Connections with others - a key to wellbeing

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Today’s topic is People: connect

Close relationships with friends and family can add up to 7 years to our lives. That’s the same benefit as giving up smoking! So plan a party or get together for a gossip to connect more with the people around you.


Some simple things that I enjoy include:

  1. Doing simple things with friends – going to the markets, having a meal, or just a coffee.

  2. Simply hanging out with my partner - having a cup of tea in the sunshine; playing a game (and being able to laugh when I lose).

  3. Chatting with friends – on the telephone or preferably, in person.

  4. Saying hello to people in my community as we walk past one another; smiling and seeing the positive response in others.

  5. Going to my local shops – supporting local businesses and hearing about the convenience store owner’s trip back to China or the pharmacist’s plans for Easter. Being told that they’d been thinking of me that week as they hadn’t seen me recently.

  6. Chatting to the barista at my favourite café and restaurateur at my favourite local restaurant about whatever – anything and everything.

  7. Spending a few minutes chatting to my neighbour and her kids. Building that sense of community and support; offering to look after their cat when they are away.

  8. Calling my mother for a chat and finding out how her week has been, and laughing because she has a busier social life than I do.

These are just a few ideas of things that many of us could do to improve our own well-being, and just as importantly, the well-being of others. For more ideas from others simply go to the Wheel of Well-being (

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