Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Characteristics of Resilient People - 5

The fifth characteristic of resilient people is having a healthy social support network.

Good friends help us get through the tough times. They help us to get tasks done (clean up after a flood, for example); they listen and validate our feelings. It is important to remember that no one person can be expected to be the 'be all and end all' of support. Often it takes several friends, each of whom provide different types of support. Resilient people are good at making friends and keeping them.

Often we find that 'life' gets in the way -- family obligations, kids ballgames or concerts, household tasks, to name a few -- and we let those friendships slide. We have good intentions to get together, share a meal, but we keep delaying and delaying. (As the old maxim goes: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.)

If keeping in touch with those special friends has diminished to a quick e-mail, text messaging, or 140 characters on Twitter or Facebook…. Stop! Instead of booting up the computer, pick up the telephone. Hear the sound of your friend’s voice. Meet for a 30-minute cup of coffee if a two-hour dinner date doesn’t fit into your hectic schedule. Make a face-to-face connection...at least once a month, every month.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

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