Human beings weren’t meant to be solo. No matter what your religious beliefs, I think it’s significant that the Bible begins with God creating a companion for the first human being so that he is not alone. Modern day psychological research has borne out the idea that humans are social creatures, that we thrive in relationships and flounder without them. Connections with others are one of the three fundamental needs that build motivation, and a lack of them can literally make people sick.
I’ve devoted much of my own thinking and research to what it means to have a meaningful relationship with others, and how to build one.
- Every day, ordinary people do the extraordinary when they risk their own lives to save others. We call them firefighters. What drives their behavior? The deep connections they have with each other and with their communities.
- The highest quality connections are with other people, but in a pinch, an avatar will do. Read how avatars are helping to improve healthcare by educating patients.
- How do you go about building a connection with other people? Amanda Palmer uses art to spark relationships.
- For healthcare workers, technology can facilitate the building of relationships. With the right tools integrated into their workflow, providers can spend the limited time they have with patients connecting to what matters most.