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Supportive Relationships

Contributor #1: Surround Yourself with Supportive Relationships

A great predictor of happiness is the time you spend with family members and friends. Social support has been shown to provide a multitude of benefits, and people with high perceived support have lower levels of distress and disorder. Tal Ben-Shahar suggests that you make time for the people in your life who you cherish and hold dear – appreciate them, and savour the time you spend with them (by limiting distractions and interruptions during social contact such as texting, browsing the web, checking emails, etc.).


If you do not feel that your current relationships are satisfying your need for support, consider making an appointment at Counselling Services. A trained professional will be happy to provide you with support and guidance so that you can cope more effectively with life's major stressors and daily demands. You can also take advantage of the Peer Support Network, a free, confidential, drop-in space offering peer support, information and referrals to the McGill community. Finally, Campus Life and Engagement will act as your go-to hub for connecting you to the resources and opportunities that will help you make the most of your time at McGill, while MyInvolvement, aims to enhance the McGill student experience by highlighting personal and professional development opportunities.

If you are spending quality time with friends in a party context, be sure to check out the wealth of Party Safe resources available to you to make sure everyone has a great time.