The Importance Of Strong Relationships And Happiness

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Strong Relationships Foster Happiness Aristotle was once quoted as saying “Happiness depends on ourselves.” Ironically, loneliness is rarely associated with happiness. Aristotle does agree “friendship is one of the most important virtues”(The Pursuit of Happiness). People are meant to be in relationships with others. This isn’t new news, even Adam wasn’t left alone in the garden; he was given Eve. Since 1943 Maslow’s pyramid has included relationships as a basic human need. Close relationships increase self-esteem, sense of purpose, and even reduce stress. It’s no surprise that close friendships would also promote feelings of happiness. People with stronger relationships with friends and/or family members are happier. However, some will …show more content…
It isn’t the number of friends that make someone happier, but rather the quality of relationships. A good example of this is social media. Often someone may have 1000 “friends” on Facebook, but those are rarely close intimate relationships. A study performed with college students showed on average students had 3 close relationships (Demir and Weitekamp). One study even showed that it only took 1 strong friendship to make a difference, if it was a strong healthy relationship. Likewise, studies have shown having a large number of friends can still lead to loneliness if they aren’t quality mutual relationships. Aristotle agreed with this theory saying that a lot of time and care needs to be devoted to a friendship, so having a lot of friends can actually be counterproductive. This could also be because in a larger circle of friends, with fewer close personal friendships, people are more likely to talk about generic topics (sports, movies, music, etc.) rather than discuss personal things and …show more content…
Some people believe that genetics causes you to be happy, that it does not matter what someone does in their life to make it better because it is already decided for them based on DNA. They believe that a gene called serotin is in your body and you are happy based on how much you have. This is not exactly the case though. Happiness come from having a close relationship with 3 to 5 people. It is caused by quality, not quantity, of a relationship. Being able to rely on people to have someone’s back is a huge stress reliever and boosts confidence when doing anything in life. Having good relationships makes the good moments in life good and the bad moments in life better. Because people have good relationships with family or friends, this gives them someone to talk to when they need to figure stuff out. Problems are easier to hurdle when people are able to help find solutions to problems. If someone has to complete life with no friends, then they will feel lonely and that no one cares about them. Low self-esteem equals lower reported levels of happiness. Everyone feels better when they know someone is always willing to be there for them and help them out. According to an article by Forbes, “75 percent of people extremely happy gave a top rating to the importance of success in an intimate relationship.” Also, “77 percent of people extremely happy said the state of

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