If you were all alone in the universe, with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. ~ Mitsugi Saotome ~
Part of being human involves making meaningful connections with other humans. Without those, life feels pretty empty. Happiness in a vacuum is challenging, if not impossible. We need more group hugs, more handshakes, more cheek kisses. More love, more openness, more trust. These are the things that help us get happier. Without each other, we have nothing.
“A mountain of research has shown that materialism depletes happiness, threatens satisfaction with our relationships, harms the environment, renders us less friendly, likable, and empathetic, and makes us less likely to help others and contribute to our communities.” ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky, “The Myths of Happiness,”
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