Human beings are social animals so making an effort to connect with people is important in living a happy life. Generally speaking, this is a natural impulse as we like to be in the company of other people.
That said, and as with most things, people vary regarding how much contact they need to feel happy and content. I know several introverts who need a good bit of time alone to be their happiest. Still, even these introverts value human ties–just not all day long 🙂
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”Muhammad Ali
Multiple studies show that people tend to be happier when they are around other people – especially positive-minded ones. And I’m sure all of us have personal experience to draw from–when being with others lifted us emotionally.
Making friends as an adult may or may not come easy to you. Friends and family form the basis of our social connections–both are important!
So. Connect with people and nurture your relationships–whether you want dozens or just a few. You’ll be glad you did!