How much are your relationships worth?

You're in a room, gazing up at a ceiling from the comforts of your bed.

Somewhere outside, the sound of people, cars, a train passing over tracks. 

Or maybe it's birds and trickling water and the distant hum of a leaf blower.

In that moment of peace, what do you think about?

How long does it take for your thoughts to focus in on another person?

Last year, I tested a theory.

I made it a goal to have one real conversation with at least one stranger, every day for 100 days.

I'm working on a post about it, and it should be out soon. 

But in the meantime, I wanted to share one of the biggest takeaways with you - something that was nearly universal across the people I shared time with:

Our relationships are more important than we think.
 

Putting a price on it.
 

So much so, that one Economist set out to find just how much money our social entanglements are worth to us.

Yes, money.

Nattavudh Powdthavee is a British Economist and professor at the Warwick Business School and The London School of Economics.

A few years ago, he decided he wanted to try and put a price tag on the relationships we have with our friends, families, and neighbo(u)rs.

He used a method called shadow pricing, which basically looks at how much someone is willing to pay not to lose something.

What he found is that a single social relationship can worth up to an added £85,000 (about $115,000) in overall life satisfaction per year

In other words, good relationships don't just make us happierhealthier, and longer lived - but in a sense, they make us wealthier as well.

Are you investing in them?