Laura Hess
Creating Tomorrow’s Joy Today.

Joyful Living Through Deep Connections

How do you define friendship?

I’m sure you have people who qualify more as acquaintances than friends. We all do. These people are important and provide value in some way, but they’re not the first people you think about when considering the deep friendships you’ve made.

You experience the most fulfillment and true joy when you connect deeply with others, whether they’re friends, family members, or intimate partners. Here are some tips for fostering those more profound, more meaningful connections with the people that matter most to you:

  1. Reach Out.
    Don’t wait for someone to contact you; reach out to them. In our busy, fast-paced world, things always fall through the cracks, including the good intentions to call a friend. Don’t be the person who says, “You never call! I miss you so much.”

    Take the initiative to reach out. It’s a powerful way to strengthen your relationships. By proactively connecting with people important to you, you show you care, foster a deeper connection, and open channels for meaningful communication.

    It doesn’t have to be in person. Your cell phone is almost always close by, with text messaging and video communication features. Put technology to work for you and benefit from the ability to reach anyone worldwide. Don’t wait for others to take the initiative; schedule time to work on meaningful relationships. 


  1. Listen Actively.
    Are you a good listener, a “real” listener? Most people think they are. There are thousands of books written on the subject. No matter how good a listener you are or think you are, a refresher or a reminder is always a good thing.

    Next time you communicate with someone you’re close to, connect emotionally with what they’re saying. Listen without planning your response while they’re talking. Look for silent body language to understand what they’re trying to say. Ask a lot of questions. Let them know they matter by repeating things they share with you.


  1. Reminisce.
    When you’re connecting with someone, reminisce about the memories you share and express gratitude for the happiness and joy they bring to your life. Sharing memories and expressing appreciation strengthens your bond, boosts positivity, and reminds the person of their importance in your journey.

Meaningful relationships require effort and dedication; they don’t just happen. Building and maintaining deep connections with others often involves active communication, understanding, compromise, and consistent support. Through your ongoing commitment, bonds strengthen, trust deepens, relationships flourish, and your life is much more fulfilling and joyful.

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I truly do believe that joy is more than just a feeling — it’s a vital nutrient for your soul. Just like how vitamins nourish your body, joy nourishes your spirit, uplifting your mood, sparking creativity, and filling your days with positivity (also known as “glimmers”). Imagine waking up every morning with a heart full of joy, ready to embrace each day’s possibilities. That’s the power of the joy vitamin.

Book a free call with me, Laura Hess, Master Coach and Joy Expert, and discover how you can infuse more joy into your life.

Let’s unlock the happiness that’s waiting to light up your world!




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