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Why are Relationships so Difficult?

The pandemic has highlighted how important relationships are in our lives. Being stuck at home, unable to travel to family, visit friends or have them over, has created loneliness and estrangement from those whom we love and need. Phone calls and Zoom have not replaced the closeness that personal contact provides. Relationships are crucial for our very existence. In his seminal work, Together, Vivek Murthy points out that strong emotional ties play a significant role in our mental and physical health. People who have several deep connections suffer less from depression and  other ailments, and they live longer. We obviously need others for a wide array of activities.  Going to shows is a richer experience when we can discuss reactions.  Sharing our personal issues and gaining different perspectives can help to clarify and resolve our difficulties....

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