Love, laugh, and live a joy-filled life.
Intro to Relational Intelligence
Have you ever known anybody who was isolated, lonely, unconnected and had no deep friendships, who was a complete failure at personal relationships yet had a meaningful and joy-filled life?
There is in all of us a void that cannot be filled by big houses, shiny cars or great personal achievement. This void can only be filled by mastering the art of giving and receiving love. To be a master at loving and being loved is to be Relationally Intelligent. As human beings we are hard-wired to connect and those of us who master Relational Intelligence will live the most rewarding and fulfilling lives.
Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton University psychologist, explains that the wealthiest people are not the happiest because as they get more money they adapt their expectations upwards and so require even more grandiose and expensive pleasures – a cycle that never ends. But Kahneman’s research also suggests the way to exit this cycle is by leading a life of rich and rewarding relationships.
What makes life worth living comes down to our feelings of well being through happiness and sense of fulfillment. Community and deep connectedness with other people are some of the strongest sources for of such feelings. In essence good relationships are like vitamins for the soul, sustaining us through our struggles and nourishing us daily.
Have you ever known anybody who succeeded at relationships, who cultivated great friendships, who was devoted to their family, who loved and was loved by others that had a bad life?