We make connections with people for all sorts of reasons. Often, we connect over work, or through competition, or based on mutual interests. Social science has shown that we most easily connect over shared anger and outrage. But those kinds of connections don’t leave us feeling invigorated and joyful. Is there a more positive way to connect with others?
(Jesus sent the apostles out to do a difficult thing, something that could very well provoke anger in others. And he gave them a different posture to take with people around them: peace. When we seek to become people of peace, and when we let peace be our strong, connective feeling with others—then we ensure that more and more of our relationships will be for the better. And the overall outlook of our lives will look and feel far more positive and joyful!)