We humans are hard-wired to connect. Our relationships are the foundation of our lives. And how well we build them, nurture them and maintain them will govern the quality of our lives and whether we’re thriving.

That’s why I’m so happy to announce the launch of our new advice column about relationships with The Gottman Institute. From romance to family to work relationships, experts vetted and approved by The Gottman Institute will answer your toughest questions. And you’ll be getting advice that draws on the Institute’s decades of groundbreaking research on every aspect of what makes relationships healthy and happy.

“It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected,” said Robert Waldinger.

And we know from many scientific findings that when our relationships are healthy and happy, we are, too. We intuitively know this to be true, but it was conclusively validated by an 80-year Harvard study that began tracking students back in 1938. The results? “It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected,” said Robert Waldinger, the director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

So if you’re having problems in any of your relationships – with children, friends, a spouse, romantic partner or a co-worker – or you just want to know how to deepen your relationships and make them stronger, send your questions our way to [email protected].

“In order to get to a healthier and more productive place,” said Dr. John Gottman, who co-founded the Institute with his wife, Dr. Julie Gottman, “we need to give up our fear of conflict, turmoil and resistance.”

And that’s what we’re here for. The doctors are in…

Read our first column on how to make friends as an adult here.

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Author(s)

  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.