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Relationships and Communication

“The greatest distance between two people is misunderstanding.” ~author unknown

In the article, “Happiness is Being Socially Connected,” author Dr. Christine Carter reminds us that the quantity and quality of our relationships at work, home and our communities is “closely related” to our happiness and wellbeing.  In fact, 50 year of happiness research points to the importance of our relationships.1 And yet, keeping our relationships positive and conflict free takes some effort.  Fortunately, we can learn effective ways to communicate with others.  Listening and accepting other people’s point of view while holding boundaries is key.  We have all walked in different shoes and naturally have different perspectives.  We also have to find ways to traverse difficult situations in our lives.  With support and practice, we can adopt ways to communicate our way towards getting what we need to lead a life of meaning and happiness.  If you find yourself having difficulty in relationships, we hope this section might serve as a starting point to improve your most important relationships. 

1.  Carter, Christine, Ph.D. "Happiness Is Being Socially Connected." Greater Good. Berekely Greater Good, 31 Oct. 2008. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.