Relationships with friends, families and even strangers on the street are critical to helping you achieve happiness and balance in your life.
Making time for relationships is often one of the last things on our list but maybe it should be the first? Finding your balance in this area is discovering the value and power of connectedness, empathy, caring for others and allowing others to care for you.
The status quo
- The most powerful two demographic elements that impact on our wellness are relationships and household income
- 27% of people say social networking has a positive impact on their relationships and 16% say it had a negative impact. More people in the younger age brackets believed it had a positive impact
- Overall, the Relationships Australia 2011 Relationships Indicators Survey revealed a sense of optimism about relationships, support available to individuals and the communities in which we live.
Balance survey findings
A friend is the first person we turn to when something is worrying us but over half of our respondents also share with our spouse and a third of us will talk to our mother.
Sadly, fathers are the last on the list of family and friends to consult when something is worrying us, we are even more likely to confide in a health professional (12%) or work colleague (11%) rather than talk it over with our dads (9%).
The majority of us share our successes with a spouse first (62%) or a friend (19%), followed by our mothers and siblings. Dads again miss out with only 2% of people sharing their success with their father first.
It seems we also have a lot to celebrate this year with one in five of us celebrating a wedding (of ours or someone close to us) and 41% celebrating a milestone birthday. Only 3% were planning a divorce, 8% expecting a baby and 16% planning for a new job.