CHAPTER 8

Improving your relationships

Over the last fifteen years or so psychologists have carried out a huge amount of research into happiness. From this work, one finding in particular stands out: the stronger our relationships, the happier we’re likely to be.

That’s not to say well-being requires dozens of friends and a frenetic social life. Nor is it dependent on being married or in a long-term relationship, though that can certainly help. When it comes to relationships, quality is far more important than quantity. Research shows that simply having a best friend you can talk to openly and rely upon to help when needed is enough to make all the difference. Having a couple of other close friends will make you happier still.

Of course ...

Get You Can Be Happy now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.