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When going over the calendar for the month of September you will see that on September 8th, we celebrate World Literacy Day which was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1966. Diving deeper into this topic you will find statistics showing that while in 1820 just 15% of the world's population was literate, today - around 200 years later - it is the other way around, just 15% of the world's population is illiterate, an improvement of more than 70%. To many of us, being able to read and write is one of the most habitual and unconscious things we do and experience

Have you ever experienced a shared moment of belly-aching laughter with a friend that left you fulfilled, loved and whole? Do you remember the comfort of sharing a fear or regret with someone you could trust for 100%? Then you know and have experienced the power of friendship and its positive and rewarding effects on you and your emotional as well as physical well-being. It doesn't surprise us then that one of the five happiness dimensions has been found to be 'building and maintaining meaningful relationships'.

Let's be honest. Don't we all spend too much time at our screens? Having video calls all day long for work and then binge watching the newest season of our favourite show by night. And yes, urban living with every possible café and restaurant close by definitely has its charms. Not to mention that our smartphones and other speakers in the house continuously supply us with an undercurrent of background music. Yes, guilty as charged.

How do we define wellbeing? Is it a balanced state of mind, a healthy lifestyle, feeling happy and healthy and content in life, or is it a mix of all of the above? Based on a couple of very distinct views of human nature, there are two popular theories surrounding what really contributes to our sense of wellbeing. These two theories are termed the hedonic approach and the eudaimonic approach.

Social connections and relationships are one of the key aspects when it comes to our wellbeing and happiness. We humans are inherently social beings, independent of our culture, age, socio-economic background, or personality traits in terms of being an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert. Our emotions get triggered and influenced by the people we surround ourselves with and we thus feel the direct impact of them on our mood and mental state.

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