3 years, 5 months, and 16 days. Make friends. It’s important to your health.


things you cannot buy


My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:

I hope are having a wonderful weekend, and are spending it with friends and loved ones.

Remember to take time to make new friends, and to nurture existing relationships.  They are your lifeline to a happy and healthy life.  Studies show that the best predictor of happiness is not your wealth, your physical health, the city and climate in which you live, your grade point average, etc., but the strength of your social relationships.  http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/04/what-do-very-happy-people-all-have-in-common/

In America, the ability to make friends and get along with others is particularly important to your social and economic success.  For example, people often assume, wrongly, that if they had a high GPA and graduated from a reputable school, they’d get the job of their dream.  As someone who has worked with human resource professionals for nearly 20 years, I can tell you that American hiring managers place “fit” above all else.  First and foremost, they want to know if you are a good fit for the team, department, and organization.  It doesn’t matter which school you graduated from and what your class ranking was if they think you won’t fit in with the team.  For all their talks about being individuals and marching to the beat of your own drums, Americans fear most those who rock the boat.

Don’t make the same mistakes many bright but poorly informed graduates make.  Go forth and make friends.  Learn how to socialize.  It’s important to your health, your happiness, and your eventual success in life.

I want you to be healthy, happy, and successful.

All my love, always,



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