It might at first seem obvious what I am going to write. In the past the ways of social interaction were face-to-face, writing letters or telephonic conversations. As I grew up the focus was on getting into good schools and then a good job. All along, there wasn’t much time for social interaction. Yes, I made some friends but that is inevitable and the conversations continued although to a minimal extent. I had my own job, life, and family to be absorbed in and there was no time for social interaction. In other words, even if I didn’t spend time to interact (I am talking about casual interactions that time permit), I could get away with. In any case, I did get some social interaction via job and occasional gatherings.
- Sharing is caring unless it is manipulative. You tell someone good that has happened to you and that in turn gives hopes and aspirations to the other.
- You learn from others
- You get a chance to appreciate. We all like getting appreciated. But appreciating is a total other ball game. Just observe the next time you appreciate. You will feel good about yourself. And once this is a habit, it makes you stronger.
- It is a chance to help out someone else. Even if it is a simple thing to do such as post a favorite song, that song could kindle memories and keep someone else going for a day and help take time off their challenges. Sometimes, any positive external nudge is what it takes to surmount an issue.
- In today’s world, you can live all by yourself with a nice job and the facilities. That is totally a wrong thinking. While it is easier to get more and more isolated, getting to be part of a community is never more important. Feeling supported and supporting others is what makes the human Human.
- Ultimately the feeling of goodness or wellness that gets propagated within after a social interaction contributes to one’s happiness. This is the most invaluable benefit of social interaction.