There have been so many studies conducted on the importance of building quality relationships that I wonder why people are not more comfortable discussing this topic. We are all getting more isolated; more tied to our devices. As a society we are defining "friends" and "socializing" in dramatically different ways than just 10 years ago. Yet, quality social relationships are tied to our health, and our mortality. Did you know that being lonely and isolated equates to smoking 15 cigarettes a day? That is the toll on your health when you are struggling with acquiring and maintaining social support.
For most people who struggle with relationships there are proven therapies to help. Whether it be a struggle with social anxiety, emotional struggles, or social skills there is help. This is a specialization of mine, and a growing area of research that is very exciting. For those suffering with social relationships please know that there is hope.