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How do connections create purpose?

Teenage boys talk as the friends study for a test together.

Center for BrainHealth

How do connections create purpose?

People have a powerful need to relate with others. Feelings of belonging are essential to maintaining a healthy environment, meaningful relationships and personal wellness.


People are wired for connection. When you enjoy interactions with friends, multiple brain networks activate, influencing memories, strengthening neural pathways, elevating your mood and decreasing your stress response. Studies show that students who maintain strong relationships and stay socially active improve their academic performance.


  • Introduce yourself to your classmates.
  • Touch base with a family member or childhood friend frequently.
  • Organize a weekly outing with friends.
  • Plan a group study session to supplement time studying alone.

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