12+ Ways to Deepen Your Connections

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"If I wanted to predict your happiness, I wouldn't want to know your gender, religion, health, or income. I'd want to know about your social network—about your friends and family and the strength of your bonds with them." - Daniel Gilbert (Harvard Professor)

What if the key to a happier, more fulfilling life lies not in wealth, health, or status, but in the quality of your relationships?

The connections you nurture with friends, family, and colleagues can profoundly impact your well-being and sense of fulfillment. In a world filled with screens and superficial interactions, deepening these connections is more important than ever.

12+ powerful ways to enrich your relationships and build lasting bonds.

1. Get clear on who matters most
Create a list of people you'd like to know on a deeper level. Reach out and make plans for meaningful interactions, whether it's a coffee date, walk, or video call. A personal CRM, like LoveBomb, is a game-changer.

2. Make a daily habit of keeping in touch
Every day, send a heartfelt message (aka, a LoveBomb) to someone you care about, simply to say hi and wish them well. These unexpected LoveBomb's can brighten someone's day and show that you're thinking of them.

3. Reconnect with Lost Connections
Think about people you've valued deeply but lost touch with over time. Take the initiative to reach out to the person at the top of your list and rekindle the connection.

4. Spread Kindness at Work
Surprise your colleagues with random acts of kindness, like bringing in donuts or coffee. These gestures foster a positive and supportive work environment.

5. Offer Support
Whenever you engage with someone one-on-one, inquire about how you can support them in their endeavors. This simple act of generosity strengthens bonds.

6. Make Introductions
Introduce people in your network to others you believe they'd connect with or who could help them professionally. Creating connections for others is a gift in itself.

7. Remind People of Their Awesomeness
We all need reminders of our worth. Regularly acknowledge the strengths and qualities that make your loved ones awesome and unique.

8. Be True to Your Word
Keep your promises. If you commit to doing something, whether it's making a call or sending an email, follow through. Reliability builds trust.

9. Respect Their Time
Show respect for others' time by being punctual and not going over if there's a set/understood end time.

10. Listen
The art of listening isn't just about hearing words; it's about being present, and is the gateway to depth and connection. It will be noticed appreciated, and help you be a better friend.

11. Share Your Authentic Self
Be open, honest, and authentic about your intentions, desires, and needs. Vulnerability fosters trust and invites others to open up as well. Avoid deception/manipulation, as trust is the foundation of strong relationships.

12. Schedule Regular Face Time
To ensure you maintain meaningful connections, schedule recurring plans, such as weekly or monthly dinners. Consistent quality time keeps relationships alive.

13. Always Follow Up
After a significant interaction, always follow up. Check in on how they're doing, share a memorable picture, or make plans for future meetings.

If you're intentional about nurturing meaningful relationships, these 12+ steps serve as the vitamins that can help you build lasting, supportive, and fulfilling connections. In a world that often feels disconnected, the gift of kindness and meaningful interaction is priceless. By practicing these principles, you not only enrich the lives of your loved ones but also cultivate a more profound sense of connection, purpose, and happiness for yourself. The world is hungry for kindness and connection, and you have the power to provide that precious gift to your people and to yourself.

About the Author

Mark Shapiro has sent over 20,000 personalized appreciation videos and is the founder of LoveBomb. Inspired by his TED Talk - "The Art of Connection in a Digital World," LoveBomb is a connection calendar & social assistant that makes it easy to never miss birthdays and big days in the lives of people you care about.