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Making a Connection

Making a Connection

Tagged: Interpersonal Relationships

I've moved five times in the past 16 years.  I've had four different jobs.  My husband has had five.  Our "close" family members live in the Midwest, West, North and South.  If it weren't for the "family" we create as we move from place to place, we'd be a mess.  In all our moving, sometimes I feel like there's something missing.  I've missed connecting.  I like what happens to relationships over time.  Being able to openly share yourself doesn't just happen the first time you meet someone on the street.  It takes time to feel comfortable.

Through science, we're discovering that having strong relationships can be beneficial, even vital, to our health.  The "I" in CREATION Health stands for interpersonal relationships, and we achieve our greatest benefit from the intimacy those relationships bring.   Intimacy, sharing your soul and being loved and valued by another person, is one of the most important factors impacting your health today.  Sheldon Cohen, PhD, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has found that the more friends you have, the less likely you are to catch a cold.  Not only that, but if you do come down with a cold, the duration and severity of symptoms will be lessened if you have a lot of social contacts.  On the other hand, social isolation or loneliness can be devastating to good health.  Friends not only increase your capacity for pleasure, but will enhance your ability to heal.

By Monica Reed, MD

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