Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and Sensispirit.wordpress.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «Relationships.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!
“Friendship…is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…” ~ C.S. Lewis
Here are some of the myriad of benefits when it comes to having healthy relationships:
- Friends may extend your life. People who have strong social connections are less likely to die earlier than their potential than people who are isolated. According to a 2010 review of research, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking.
- Stronger immunity. Science has found a link between social support from friendship and the immune system. People with good friends tend to have stronger immune systems and anti-inflammatory responses that can lead to quicker wound healing and reduce the risk of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and some cancers.
- Lower stress. Researchers believe that friendship also plays a role in the way the body processes stress. When you spend time with your loved ones sharing what’s on your mind, your body may produce less of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can have a calming effect.
- Increased wisdom. The quality friendships that you develop will gift you with blessings of lessons along the way which will enhance your wisdom if you listen out for them.
- Self-growth. Not only does your friend grow in your connection, you do too. As time goes on, you will learn more about another’s life and this can help you develop into a beautiful person by listening to their stories, pain and experiences then learning from them.
- Improved self-confidence. Supportive friends can help us feel more confident by offering praise, reassurance, and a hand to hold when we’re feeling unsure. Being there for each other in this way can help to develop a lifetime of gratifying companionship.
- Increased happiness. To find joy in your life you can turn to your happy friends. Studies have shown that socializing with happy people can rub off on you. Research also says that you can amp up your happiness quotient by actively building friendships instead of waiting for them to come to you.
- It teaches us to see the Creator in other people. The true test of friendship isn’t how you much you love someone when they are at their best, but how much you love them when they are at their worst. It is the purest form of loving thy neighbor as thyself. To love someone unconditionally is to love God. It is the ability to see the spark of the Creator in them. Every time we see negativity in someone else, we disconnect from the Creator, because we fail to understand that those traits are specifically designed by the Creator. When we love someone despite their faults, we connect to the Light of the Creator. Reaching this level of friendship is incredibly rare. To have even one friend that you love unconditionally is an enormous blessing.
- It offers us opportunities to share. Loving someone unconditionally also means loving someone with no expectation of anything in return. We often expect things from other people – we want them to do favors for us, to give us their attention, to make us feel better about ourselves. But when we have a true friendship, we put aside our own selfish desires because of our love for them. Our spiritual work is designed to transform ourselves into more selfless, giving beings. The more we grow unconditional love for our friends through acts of sharing, the more we change ourselves into more spiritual people.
- It helps us become more like the Creator. We are meant to ultimately become like the Creator, an endless source of sharing. With every step we take toward having genuine love, tolerance and human dignity for others, we align ourselves more and more with the unconditional love of the Creator. To love others unconditionally is to love them the way the Creator loves us. Think about how you can be a better friend to those around you. How can you be more giving, more selfless, and more unconditionally loving? The more we actively think about this and take steps towards building that kind of friendship, the more we transform ourselves and the world around us. This is the purpose of all our spiritual work and the reason friendship nourishes the soul.
- Promotes positive behaviours. It’s common to pick up the habits of the company you surround yourself with, the beneficial effects friends and family can have on your behavior can be as simple as encouraging you to eat better and sleep more. The opposite is also true, there is a greater likelihood of becoming a smoker if your friends pick up the habit.
Let us know below what benefits human relationships gift you..