One of, if not THE, most important aspect of the human condition is our ability to form meaningful (loving) relationships. So many of the podcasts I’ve listened to and business books I’ve read have stressed that the number one thing that you can do to better your position in life is to focus on relationships. Everybody is born with God-given talents and abilities; some with better presentation skills, some with better athleticism, some with a better voice, some with greater intellect; but what everybody is born with is the ability to manifest meaningful relationships.
Think about that for a second – If you’re telling yourself “I’m not as good as this person, I’m not as smart, I’m not as whatever”, stop immediately. The number one thing that you can focus on and you can succeed with is the ability to form meaningful relationships. That is pretty freaking awesome. You don’t have be handsome to be someone’s best friend; you don’t have to be smart to be loving; you don’t have to be athletically gifted to be kind and caring; you don’t have to be “fill in the blank” to be able to really listen to someone and offer support in times of need.
Here’s what science says about relationships and your health:
- People (including adolescents!) had lower blood pressure when they spent more (vs. less) time with other people (i.e., were more socially integrated).
- Adolescents were less likely to be obese when they spent more (vs. less) time with other people (i.e., were more socially integrated).
- Adults were less likely to be obese when they had more (vs. less) social support.
- Alternatively, adults were more likely to be obese when they had more (vs. less) social strain. These obesity findings held even when the researchers took into account whether or not people smoked, exercised, drank alcohol, had diabetes, were stressed, and took certain medications.
- Older adults were more likely to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) if they spent less time with other people (i.e., were less socially integrated). AND, the link between hypertension and (lack of) social integration was STRONGER than the link between hypertension and diabetes (a known risk factor for hypertension).
Let look at relationships through the Prometa Health lens:
God wants to enter into a relationship with us and wants us to enter into a relationship Him, as well as with one another. Even if you don’t believe in God, its hard to argue the human desire to be connected with one another. Relationships are what life’s all about, people to people interaction (in person!). Science says relationships are good for physical health. The business world says relationships are the keys to sales and success.
Relationships are the keys to success in all aspects of life, whether it be in a marriage, the working world, the athletic world. Think about the reason an athletic community like CrossFit is so popular. The relationships formed, the accountability and the support generated make everyone within the group better and healthier. People perform better physically in these communities as a result of the competition and support generated.
The relationship aspect is a fundamental metaphysical component that leads to improved physical health and physical results. Even though the actions to form the significant bonds with one another are physical in nature, the elements driving those actions are spiritual and mental. The metaphysical actions we preach about (prayer, meditation, mindfulness, deep thought, strengthening of beliefs and purpose) all empower your relationship skills.
Want to improve physical health? Improve your relationship with your higher power, improve your relationship with yourself, improve your relationship with your significant other and the ones closest to you. One of best ways to do this is to meditate/pray and have meaningful conversations and interactions with others – in person! Really be present and let it out! Put yourself in other’s shoes and see things from their point of view. Use metaphysical actions to start forming more meaningful relationships with others today!
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