When was the last time you made a new friend? Who was that person? If you saw him or her right now, would you say “Hi!” or pretend not to notice them? (On a side note, why the heck do we do that?! We’ve all done it. When you walk into a food joint, the FIRST thing you do is scope out everyone in the room. The idea that we wouldn’t “notice” someone we know is ridiculous! Anyways… moving on…) Thanks to social media, humans are more connected and social than ever before. That being said, are we more personal?
The Truth About Being Social
DISCLAIMER: If you’re reading this in a grumpy mood, come back when you’re not so salty…because we’re right about this. The truth is: having personal relationships is important to being happy. Social interaction, physical well-being, and mental health are all proven indicators of our happiness. For many of us, we can’t control the challenges we face to our physical or mental health. However, for nearly all of us, we can control the social interactions we have and the relationships we cultivate.
It’s pretty simple: do you want to be more happy? Be more kind to others. Do you want to feel more fulfilled? Try to meet new people. Do you want to have more purpose? Rekindle relationships with old friends. Various studies show that when we are more social, we’re more happy. Plus, being social doesn’t just mean hitting up more parties or sending more friend requests. Being more social means getting to really know people. Being more social means actually caring about the individuals around you everyday. In the end, being more social means thinking more about others.
Being Social Can Be Hard
Making new friends and being a more social person can be pretty uncomfortable for a lot of us! Even the most extroverted person has his or her shy moments. However, becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable is so important to our self-growth and well-being. At Twisted Silver, we try to make ourselves uncomfortable – from designing with challenging materials to reaching out to new audiences. When looking back on these last 15 years, it’s the challenges we’ve overcome and the relationships we’ve cultivated that mean the most to us.
Each one of our designs at Twisted Silver has its own story and its own characteristics. Our FORGE Cuff is the perfect metaphor for creating new relationships and new bonds with other people. We’ve taken seemingly unimportant pieces of silverware, and forged them into new, beautiful, and unique designs. Likewise, each our relationships we forge has unique characteristics and intricacies that make them interesting and valuable. The FORGE Cuff is just one piece in our updated Rocker Collection.
A Challenge to Be More Social
So, are you ready for the Twisted Challenge of the week? Pick one, do it, and report back to us:
1. Next time you see someone you “kind of” know in public, go up and say “Hi!” and start a conversation.
2. Have a 5-minute conversation with a complete stranger and see what happens.
3. Call up an old friend and see what’s new in their life.
Studies have proven that we are happier when we’re more social. So, can we all agree to be happier? Let’s be more kind and more open. Let’s talk to strangers and meet new people. By focusing on each other, we can live a more fulfilled life. For that reason alone, forging new relationships is extremely important and totally worth it.