In her book The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin describes how she dedicated an entire year of her life doing things that can increase her happiness. Although we all aspire to have more time, resources and energy, few of us really take actions to achieve this admirable goal. But there is one simple thing that can bring more happiness into our lives, of which we are all capable, and which has proven being worth: developing and improving our personal relationships.

Your brother-in-law has just been promoted to senior manager. The lady who takes care of your dog when you’re not around has just found her dream job. And you? What has happened to you to make you happier?

According to various psychologists and studies conducted on the subject, neither professional status nor wealth have a more significant impact on our emotional well-being than a fulfilling relationship.

According to a study carried out by the London School of Economics and broadcasted by the BBC, it is indeed close ties that have the greatest impact on our happiness. The study, based on a survey of about 200,000 respondents, examines the impact of various external factors on the overall life satisfaction rate. On a scale of 1 to 10, the findings revealed that doubling your salary has very little influence on your happiness, while meeting a person to whom you feel closely connected, maybe a potential partner, is much more important.

Although the success of your brother-in-law and dog-sitter is more easily measurable (a consequence of a higher position and greater economic freedom), true happiness is feeling connected to others. That being said, it’s not just about romantic relationships. People are happier when they hang out with others who share the same interests, culture, or also sense of humour.

So, if you can’t do what makes you happy 365 days a year, if your career is stuck or if your bank account is almost empty, don’t give up! A conversation with one of your best friend can be the key to your happiness.

Why do not you follow this advice and call one of your friends now?