Today, I went to my daughers' school to listen to the speech contest finalists. I was blown away by the talent of the young women, and also by their courage to be their true selves. The ideas shared were deeply personal and deeply meaningful. (Especially my own daughter's--What a gift you gave me Lauren! Thank you.)
The theme of the speeches was "friendship." The girls presented convincing data to underscore the importance of friendships and human connections in our lives. Loneliness can be devastating to the psyche and make it easier to fall into depression and other mental illnesses; whereas true friendships promote good mental health and quality of life.
From my own life, I know these words to be wise.
I began thinking of the importance of human connection, and how it is not so easy anymore to "bump into" people. As a child, I remember my parents constantly stopping to chat with people--but that was way before the onset of internet conversations.
The internet has allowed humans to connect with other humans around the world. The opportunities for reaching out and being responded to are countless.
We must also prioritise the human connections in our own backyards.
I hope you like my new infographic :)
Dr Jillian Roberts
PS I love the "Humans of New York" stories-chalk full of human connection!