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.
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 happier, healthier, and longer lived - but in a sense, they make us wealthier as well.
Are you investing in them?