Welcome to the first blog for my new business website, Sand Key Ventures. It’s the start of a collection of blogs I’ve named “The Ties That Bind”. The focus of these writings will be on connections and how relationships impact our lives. Connections we share and the importance of cultivating real, lasting relationships need renewed priority in our lives. The words we choose and how we deliver them matter, so we will also explore how thoughtful communication impacts the tenor and trajectory of our relationships. Spending time cultivating deep relationships with those around us is time well spent. In fact, relationships are the single greatest predictor of lifelong happiness. So if you want to learn how strong relationships make life better and get tips for building better relationships, keep reading.
The Ties That Bind. . .
A blog about the importance of relationships in life, health and business.
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The Epidemic of Loneliness
Forming new and tending to relationships is sometimes difficult and time consuming. We live in a world of digital connections, the priority of convenience, and a bias towards selfishness. We spend a great deal of time on social media platforms that can’t provide real relationships. As a result, people spend less time together talking, listening, and building meaningful relationships. This has resulted in an epidemic of loneliness all around the world. Over time, this will lead to callousness toward others which results in further decay of our communities. Therefore, we must find a way to reverse isolation and restore the art of making friends. We can start by moving away from digital communications and talk to each other again. This will lead to stronger communities of healthy, happy people who give back and improve the lives of everyone around them.
A Better and Longer Life is Waiting . . .
You don’t need to have scores of relationships to experience the benefits of close connections. A close circle of friends is all you need. Supportive friends can help us feel more confident by offering praise, reassurance, and a hand to hold when we’re feeling insecure. Close friendships can even extend life itself. According to LiveScience, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. The strength of people’s social relationships, from their number of friends to their integration into the community, were all linked to decreased mortality.
Build a network to drive business. . .
All things being equal, people will do business with the people they like. All things being not-so-equal, people will still do business with the people they like. It’s really that simple. I’ve seen it throughout my sales career and have experienced it with my own tiny little business. In fact, even if you don’t have the best product on the market, people who like you and recognize the value you bring to the relationship will find more ways to work with you. I will provide lots of real world examples of this in future blogs.
Relationships take time and effort but they always pay off. Whether it’s in better health, a longer life, a stronger business, or sometimes all of the above! If you’d like to keep up with my blog and learn more about how relationships grease the wheels of a better life, subscribe to The Ties That Bind in the footer section of this page. And if I can help you grow your business with website, business writing, or custom photography services, reach out by clicking here. But first, of course, I’m going to want to get together for a cup of coffee.