Month 2 Let's Bond

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Suzy Walker

Editor of Psychologies, Psychologies

I am proud to be editor of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. Author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace, Suzy believes that the secret to happiness is living life to the full right here, right now, committing to a few goals now and again and taking Oscar, the Psychologies dog for a walk round the field when it all gets a bit too much.


Go to the profile of Diane Priestley
almost 7 years ago
Love this little video about the importance of connecting and bonding with our fellow humans (and animals!) Yes our psychological wellbeing depends on real contact with others. In Transactional Analysis (TA) theory a "unit of recognition" is called a "stroke" and we all have "stroke hunger" from birth. Like many people who are chained to a computer for most of the day with human contact being replace by online contact, I am feeling the strong need to have more face to face contact and "real life" connection. I am looking forward to hosting my first Happiness Club in March! Thanks Psychologies magazine and Action for Happiness for this wonderful initiative!
Go to the profile of Kirsty Morgan
almost 7 years ago
Thank you for sharing this conversation to guide us in month 2 of the Happiness Club. It's really helpful and I can't wait for my next meeting when we can explore ideas of what we could do to connect more. Suzy touched upon this briefly but I'd be interested to know more about the impact of connecting on the happiness of someone who is more introvert and I don't necessarily mean shy. I'm thinking of someone who would feel more drained perhaps in the company of others and gets a lot of their own energy from within. Would they gain more from some of the smaller acts of connecting (smiling at a stranger, saying hi to a neighbour etc) rather than some bigger idea of how you 'should' connect with others? I fluctuate on the introvert/extrovert spectrum and I'm really interested to know more about it.