Connecting with others is the single most important thing we can do for our happiness.
When we’re with other people, we feel more positive emotions, which leads to greater happiness. When we’re happier, we have better relationships. This in turn leads to more positive emotions…and being on an “upward spiral” of well-being and happiness.
If you’re read psychology books, you’ve likely heard of the term “active listening.” And it probably means something along these lines to you:
Mary: “I had a really good day at the office today. It seemed that everything was going right. I even got complimented by my boss.” Nancy (active listening, echoing back what she just heard): “It sounds like you had a really good day at the office, and that you’re enjoying remembering it.”