#ygkChallenge: Build and Strengthen Relationships!

Build and Strengthen Personal RelationshipsWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Build and Strengthen Relationships! The Beatles once said: “All You Need Is Love” and, in a sense, they were right. Love is a powerful emotion that at times can be challenging but when given and received in a healthy relationship can significantly benefit your health. This week’s challenge is to put a little effort into building new or strengthening existing relationships. It’s been well documented that happily married individuals have a longer life expectancy, but did you know that even having a supportive friend significantly decreases your risk of mortality? People with greater social support have less cardiovascular disease, stronger immune systems, and are less stressed. A 2007 study published in the medical journal Human Communication Research showed that writing about one’s affections for loved ones significantly decreased total cholesterol levels – a wonderful excuse to write that special someone a love letter this Valentine’s Day! The challenge is on Kingston: boost your happiness and improve your health through acts of kindness and love.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by sharing the link and encouraging the participation of your friends and family. By joining together in our weekly challenge, we hope to accomplish big and positive things for our community.

Thanks to Gregory Jordan for today’s photo.

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Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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