Diamonds, Friendships and Health

Do you have genuine relationships with people that have depth or are you a filibusterer who talks well, but doesn't really seek a real connection with those you meet?

Recent research studies have shown that the quality of our relationships can either enhance or hinder the quality of our health. This raises an interesting question, do close friends contribute to better health or do we make more friends when we are in better health? Strangely enough 32 percent in a recent study reported those in excellent health had more than five close friends, which was the case for only 21 percent of persons who stated their health was either fair or poor. More than one tenth of those reporting fair or poor health said they had no close friends at all, while only four percent of persons reporting excellent health declared having no close friends.

Those of us who are amateur diamond purchasers know that the more the sides to the diamond, the greater the value. Like diamonds, our sincere and more importantly, diverse relationships increase our value and become an important equity in life.

If you have a mentor or friends who add value to you, take a moment to tell them how much relational equity they have provided you. But I also encourage you to consider utilizing your gifts, talents, wisdom and abilities to be a diamond in someone else's life.

Be A Diamond or Appreciate Your Diamond!


Kelvin is the author of Audacious Authenticity: Leading and Living With Congruency, a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, retired pastor of 17 years and leadership expert, who provides timeless strategies on building leadership capacity, team synergy and navigating change.

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