The Importance of Human Connection

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The Importance of Human Connection

We live in a world dominated by technology and social media. So many of us are checking our phones constantly and overwhelmed online interactions. While there are benefits to social media, such as connecting with people all over the world, staying in touch with old friends, and sharing pictures with friends and family of special occasions, it’s not all good for you. Too much online interaction can leave you feeling lonely and longing for human connection.

Happiness

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One of the main goals of your life is likely to find happiness. There are many components that contribute to a person’s contentment or fulfillment and one of them is having a support system of friends and family. People feel the most at ease when they have someone to talk to about their problems as well as what’s going on in their lives.

Support

While being online can provide some level of support, and let’s not discount online friendships as real, seeing a loved one in “real life,” and giving them a hug is something extremely different and special. Human touch is a wonderful feeling and can help you feel supported and loved. When you’re crying and want to be held, it feels satisfying to get that need met by someone who cares for you. When you’re happy, it’s exhilarating to laugh with a group of friends who get your sense of humor. Sharing real moments with people who understand who you are is what makes life richer.

Positive Connections

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When you’re feeling depressed, however, it can be challenging to reach out to the people you love and connect with them. Although you want to call them or make plans to get coffee, it might be difficult to take that step and contact them. Depression doesn’t make sense in that way, and you don’t have to understand it. Remember that it’s something that you’re going through and be patient with yourself when you’re feeling down but having trouble reaching out to people who love and support you.

When to Start Seeking Help

It’s important to recognize when it’s time to seek help. When you start avoiding human connection, whether that’s a seeing friend in person or interacting with your online friends, this is a sign that something needs to change. In order to feel happy, we need to have people in our lives that show us that they care. If you’re not interacting with those people, you will probably fall into a sad or depressed state. This isn’t good for your mental health or your pursuit of happiness.

You’re Not Alone

You don’t have to suffer alone. You can stop isolating from other people if you’ve got the right tools. There are mental health professionals out there who are real people ready to help you. For example, a therapist or online psychologist are two examples of people who are trained to help you feel better. Reach out and find the right counselor for you. Your happiness matters and your counselor is someone who can support you getting back out there and being around the people who love you.

Sarah Fader

sarah@betterhelp.com

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York. Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.

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