The Human Need to Belong: How Social Relationships Impact Our Life Regrets

Hello Carol,

As human beings, we are social creatures. Our need to connect with others, to belong to a group, and to form meaningful relationships is fundamental to our nature. Countless studies have shown that social relationships play a pivotal role in our overall well-being and happiness. Interestingly, recent research has also revealed that when it comes to life regrets, most of them revolve around social relationships and a lack of social connectedness. This finding provides compelling evidence that our innate "need to belong" is an essential aspect of our nature.

Numerous studies have investigated life regrets and their underlying causes. One such study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that when people reflect on their life regrets, the most common regrets are related to social relationships. Regrets such as not maintaining close friendships, not spending enough time with loved ones, or not expressing affection towards others were found to be prevalent among participants. This study, along with others, suggests that social relationships are of utmost importance to overall life satisfaction.

Throughout human history, our survival has depended on our ability to form social bonds and cooperate with others. Belonging to a group has provided us with protection, resources, and support, increasing our chances of survival and reproduction. Therefore, our brains are wired to seek out social interactions and relationships as a means of survival. When we fail to fulfill this innate need, it can result in regrets and negative impacts on our well-being.

In today's fast-paced world, where social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, it is crucial to recognize the significance of social connections in our lives. We need to prioritize nurturing and maintaining meaningful relationships with others, whether it be with family, friends, romantic partners, or even within our communities. Taking the time to invest in social connections can lead to increased life satisfaction, improved mental health, and a sense of belonging.

The Life Plan Assessment addresses the need for social connectedness and a strong support system. Come experience it via the webinar!

Life Plan Assessment Webinar, Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm CDT

In the webinar, participants will learn what the assessment is about—how it helps to identify the potential risks—like isolation and loneliness caused by an absence of belonging and connectedness. Other risks include health, housing and location, life purpose, faith and spirituality, legal and financial matters, transportation, and fun and engagement.

If you want to learn how to mitigate these types of risks, sign up and join us in the webinar!

Join me in a 50-minute illustration of the Life Plan Assessment. You will complete a short version of the tool—answer 4 to 5 questions per domain (15 total in the life plan assessment.) At the end, you will have a good understanding which ONE puts you at risk. (Mark your calendars!)

Register: Life Plan Assessment Webinar 

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Carol Marak
Carol Marak LLC