Getting to know others…

…is actually vital for human beings.

Did you know that already as a newborn, you start to bond with the people closest to you? First of all, with your parents, then your siblings, grandparents, and eventually with friends, classmates and teachers – or other people that you socialise with.

To feel like we know other people and that we are not on our own is paramount to all people. Why is this? And how can we get to know the people we’re surrounded by better? We’ll give you some tips on this here.

Mor går tur ved en elv på fjellet med baby i bæresele på magen.
Mor går tur ved en elv på fjellet med baby i bæresele på magen.

Research shows

Every year the Norwegian Institute of Public Health investigates what makes Norwegians thrive. Having good relationships always comes at the top of the list.

Research shows that having close bonds with other people actually makes us feel happier. The reason is that the brain releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine when we experience something positive. This makes us feel happier and calmer in general.

Having friends and family who know you well can also provide an important sense of security. It is gratifying to know that you mean something to others. It is also valuable to be able to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with others without the fear of being rejected.

Good relationships can also help your confidence. They can help you understand who you are, since your identity is partially shaped through affirmations from the people you surround yourself with.

If you find yourself in a sticky situation, research also shows that people that receive support from their loved ones are better able to cope.

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