It’s easy to become isolated or part of a small circle, especially in modern communities. We need people to talk to, to love, to confide in, to share with and to live with. Strong social bonds with people ensure happiness. Those involved with society report even higher levels of happiness. Making links isn’t always easy and of course people can lead to a lot of trouble and heartbreak but the evidence shows that it is, as Alfred, Lord Tennyson said, “better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all”.