Happy Connections Make You Healthy

Updated: Apr 13

by Dawn L. Billings, founder of RelationshipHelp.com

PERSONAL CONNECTIONS MATTER Adults who are outgoing, involved in their communities, and have strong social connections reap health benefits. And a 2009 study published in Perspectives in Psychological Science suggests that social support leads to improved coping skills, healthy behavior, and adherence to medical regimens. Bonding with others also reduces stress and improves the immune system—so making friends and getting involved becomes, in effect, a well-being tonic.


That is one of the reasons why Dawn Billings, author and architect of the Primary Colors Personality test also founded The Heart Link Women’s Network, and spent 20 years helping small business women meet, connect and learn how to support one another. She believes that women who support, encourage and inspire each other are not only healthier people, but have healthier businesses.


Along with bonds with others, it is important to understand the relationship we have with ourselves. All people have attitudes and feelings that can cause them to feel happy, confident and well, or feelings that cause them to feel sad, angry, sensitive and insecure. According to the Primary Colors Relationship Personality Tests and Insight Tools, whether you are enjoying life, or really struggling to get through each day has a great deal to do with the color personality tendencies that are impacting your thoughts and feelings.


CENTERED PERSONALITY TRAITS – When we are centered in our personality traits, we are healthier That is the name Howard Friedman, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Riverside, attaches to people who are curious, secure, constructive, responsive, and conscientious. These traits translate to enthusiasm for life, emotional balance, and strong social relationships.


“Positive emotions buffer hormonal responses to stress,” says Friedman, who studies the relationship between personality and longevity. Self-healers, he says, “have healthier behavior patterns: more physical activity, a better diet, and less smoking and substance abuse.”


EXTREME PERSONALITY TRAITS – will cause you to feel Stressed, miserable and distressed When we move to the more extreme color tendencies of our personalities, no matter the color, we tend to dwell on negative emotions. According to a recent study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, people who are living out of the extreme tendencies of their personality tendencies also face a higher likelihood of compulsive overeating and substance abuse. In short, your extreme color personality tendencies can kill you and your relationships.


If you’re a person who is prone to depression or anxiety, or if you’re overly self-critical, or critical of others, if you have little life-balance, or your risk taking behaviors take you into using drugs or to abuse of alcohol these are all signs that you are spending way too much time in your extreme color personality tendencies.


In short, all contentment, peace and joy is found in our centered color personality tendencies, and all misery, heartache, anger and sadness are brought to us by our extreme color personality tendencies. Seems like an easy choice. Anyone who wants to not be miserable and mad needs to spend more time in their center, but this takes practice, self-awareness and personal insight to accomplish this goal.


Relationship and personality expert Dawn L. Billings is the founder of RealtionshipHelp.com a website dedicated to providing resources to help strengthen and heal relationships.


Dawn is also the author and architect of the Primary Colors Relationship Personality Tests and Insight Tools and the inventor of the patented parenting tool for toddlers called CAPABLES.

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