Is Your Tribe Helping You Live Your Best Life?By Homaira Kabir
It’s that time of the year. Family, friends, and colleagues surround us; holiday cheer is in the air; and it’s a time to give and take, eat and drink, and, of course, be merry.
Naturally, this isn’t always so! There are also family politics, friends you wish would cancel on you, and colleagues you've avoided all year. And while some relationships are here to stay for obvious reasons (we can't choose our family, for example), there are many others that we can nurture or curb to become closer to our best selves.
Given that relationships are a central theme this time of year, perhaps it’s also the time to reflect on the ones we'd like to surround ourselves with going forward. As the most social species on the planet, we cannot be complacent about this, especially since our happiness, our success, and the meaning we find in our lives often depend on the people we share our lives with. And if your own experiences haven't already proved this, there are ample studies that do.
Albert Bandura found that one of the key sources of self-efficacy was having people around who believe in us, while the research on self-worth has shown that a sense of belonging is one of the main components that feeds into authentic self-worth. Over the decades,