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"Studies show adult friendships have a significant impact on our happiness and well-being. In fact, a lack of close friendships may be hazardous to your health.
To nurture satisfying friendships, you need to spend some quality time with your friends.
But the more professional opportunities come your way, the more time you'll spend away from your real-life friends.
So how do we make sure we maintain the connection? This deck introduces the solution: The Kibbutz."

"Studies show adult friendships have a significant impact on our happiness and well-being. In fact, a lack of close friendships may be hazardous to your health.
To nurture satisfying friendships, you need to spend some quality time with your friends.
But the more professional opportunities come your way, the more time you'll spend away from your real-life friends.
So how do we make sure we maintain the connection? This deck introduces the solution: The Kibbutz."

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Happiness Hack - This One Ritual Made Me Much Happier

  1. 1. @nireyal Happiness Hack NirAndFar.com This One Ritual Made Me Much Happier
  2. 2. Studies show adult friendships have a significant impact on our happiness and well-being.
  3. 3. In fact, a lack of close friendships may be hazardous to your health.
  4. 4. Socially disconnected people are less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner, and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely. - Robert Waldinger, Harvard Study of Adult Development
  5. 5. Lest we think having 500 Facebook friends might offer some protection…
  6. 6. It’s not just the number of friends you have … it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters. - Robert Waldinger, Harvard Study of Adult Development
  7. 7. So what makes for a quality friendship? FRIEND
  8. 8. So what makes for a quality friendship? easy to talk to dependable enjoyable Diagram adapted from the work of William Rawlins. FRIEND
  9. 9. Finding someone to talk to, depend on, and enjoy comes naturally when we’re young.
  10. 10. In college, we build strong bonds when nearly everyone around us is also searching for connection.
  11. 11. But as we grow into adulthood, we go our separate ways, pursue careers and start lives miles apart from our best friends.
  12. 12. Once children enter the picture, exhilarating nights on the town become exhausted nights on the couch.
  13. 13. The Problem: Friendships Starve to Death
  14. 14. When we’re not careful, the people we care about often become residual benefactors.
  15. 15. We leave them for last, giving them whatever bits of time are left over after we’ve attended to everything else.
  16. 16. The Solution: The Kibbutz
  17. 17. Kibbutz means “gathering” in Hebrew. The Solution: The Kibbutz
  18. 18. For our kibbutz, four couples meet every two weeks to talk about one question.
  19. 19. How to Commit to The Kibbutz
  20. 20. Book the time Reserve time on your calendar for the foreseeable future so there’s no scheduling headaches.
  21. 21. Go deep Talking about a meaningful topic strengthens your bonds. Get past the shallow small talk - no weather, sports, or politics.
  22. 22. Don’t let kids derail you Children benefit from seeing you model a healthy adult friendship. Your kids can listen or participate but don't let them interrupt.
  23. 23. Make time to invest in your most important relationships and get the psychological nourishment you need.
  24. 24. To friendship, and your health.
  25. 25. These slides are based on an essay by Nir Eyal. READ ARTICLE Want MORE?
  26. 26. Want MORE? These slides are based on an essay by Nir Eyal. Click to read the original article. READ ARTICLE
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