Today, Americans lead overly isolated lives, spending large amounts watching television, listening to iPods and surfing the internet. You can eat all the broccoli and brown rice in the world, but if you feel isolated and lonely, you are not going to be living life at full capacity.
During the course of a lifetime, we have relationships with parents, grandparents, children, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, extended family, friends, teachers, coworkers-the list is endless. The quality of these relationships explains a lot about the quality of a person's life and his or her health.
Just as no one diet is right for everyone, no one way of relating works for everyone. So cultivate relationships that are healthy and supportive to you. Start to notice what relationships truly feed you in your life and which relationships drain your energy.
Try this Exercise:
List 5 people in your life who totally support you. Next to each name write one reason that you are thankful for them. If one person on your list is someone you haven't talked to in awhile, call them up and invite them out for lunch or tea. Start making time for the people who give you energy and give less time to the people who drain your energy.