Life pans out in its own unique mysterious ways. No one can gush with certainty the enigmatic trend by which life works; some believes in destiny while others believe that, at the end of the day, it is all down to the choices that we make. No matter what we tend to believe, we cannot refute that during our short visit in this planet, we cross paths with numerous people hailing from all walks of life. However, only a handful of them tend to leave an eloquent and substantial imprint in our hearts. Unknowing to us, this people i.e. friends and family can eventually mean the difference between living our life to our fullest and coming to regret our existence.
You ask yourself, why are friends and family such an important aspect to a blissful and fulfilling life? The answer is encapsulated deep within all of our souls. An inner fire, invisible to our naked eyes, is embedded deep within our heart. During tragically unforeseen events and circumstances, this inner fire extinguishes making us feel as though the very essence of life has been stolen from our soul. It is only when our wounds are embraced by our friends and family with their loving and caring touch that we experience the sensation of being on top of the world. Kent Harber, Rutgers-Newark’s associate professor of psychology and lead researcher of this study, theorizes that people with a lack of social affiliation not only are synonymous with a lesser self-esteem but their freedom of confiding their emotions and feelings are slashed drastically. He also believes that such people perceive reality from the wrong end of the spectrum and they experience alarming and afflicting sensations much more frequently combined with a greater intensity than others.
Conducted by the University of Virginia, you can devour all the details of this fascinating study in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.