12 Months of Wellness | Month 12 Community & Connection
The holidays, to stress or connect? Although it can be a stressful time of year, it’s also a wonderful time to spend with your loved ones. This month we remind you how important community and connection is to your wellbeing. Humans are social creatures whose health and happiness depends on connecting with others.
People have basic emotional needs to feel safe, loved and accepted. Studies have shown that people are happier when they have a community they connect with. Community allows you to feel loved and supported while also giving you the sense of being part of something larger. Having a supportive community gives you the safety to try new things knowing that your basic survival needs are taken care of.
Research also shows that people are physically healthier when they have a strong social network. Loving connections boost our immune systems by reducing stress, and quicker recovery times are reported when we do get sick.
What’s so interesting is your sense of community and connection is directly related to your own inner sense of connection, not the number of people you have in your life. Through having a positive mindset in social situations and setting an intention of building strong social bonds you can nurture and build your internal sense of connection.
Here are a few suggestions for building a strong internal sense of connection:
- Plan a date with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
- Start up a conversation with someone new at a social gathering.
- Play an icebreaker game at a family holiday celebration.
- Find an accountability partner to talk with regularly and support each other in following through with goals.
- Give out compliments freely to all the people in your life.
Here are my intentions for the month to build my sense of community: