Connect to a Community to Be Happier and Healthier

Connect to a Community to Be Happier and Healthier

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Have you felt that sense of wanting to belong to a tribe, or a community? I think especially as we age we are looking for a place that offers us comraderie, comfort and connections. 

Finding the community that suits us is vital to our health and happiness. And sometimes we have to try a few before we find the one that feels like home.

For some of us, we have different needs. We may just want physical comfort and safety as in an assisted living space. For others we might want a very hands on socio-political group. Or a group that is all about doing service.

Finding this connection is really about knowing what you are looking for.

But the rewards of being part of a community truly give each of us a longer happier, healthier life, with the added bonus of vibrancy and thriving.

What are you looking for in a community?

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Connecting with a community of any kind is good for your health. You socialize with people, find a sense of belonging, and foster empathy and helpfulness for the people close to you.

By connecting with a community, you can improve your quality of life and avoid issues such as loneliness. It could encourage

The types of communities you connect with might range from your neighborhood to a school community or perhaps an organization or group. By connecting with a community, you can improve your quality of life and avoid issues such as loneliness.

It could encourage you to be more active, to get out of your comfort zone, and to expand your mind by meeting diverse groups of people. You can connect with different communities in several ways to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Choose the Right Place to Live

Choose the Right Place to Live

Your choice of place to live can make a difference to your health, and to how well you’re able to connect to the local community. In some neighborhoods, people are more likely to keep to themselves or could even be hostile. But many people want to be able to get along with their neighbors.

That’s why a lot of people choose an independent living community when they’re older. You can get any help you need, but still have plenty of opportunities to socialize with others and participate in activities. If you’re moving home, it’s worth checking out your neighbors and seeing what sort of things are happening.

Your choice of place to live can make a difference to your health, and to how well you’re able to connect to the local community. In some neighborhoods, people are more likely to keep to themselves or could even be hostile.

If you’re moving home, it’s worth checking out your neighbors and seeing what sort of things are happening.

Take Part in Community Events

Belonging to a community that runs events you can take part in is a great way to stay connected and to really participate in your community. Community events can come in all shapes and sizes, and you might contribute in different ways.

You might just buy a ticket or attend, but there are often ways you can do your bit in other ways. For example, you might perform at an event or make something for a bake sale. You could help to organize an event or even spearhead the organization of an event.

And check out your local activities newspaper to see what communities are forming and go try out these options. In many communities there are meet-ups where you can get together with like minded people and even start forming your own groups and activities. 

In fact another way to meet people is to participate in community gardening. So check out those options too.

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Find Your Tribe

Finding a community that you feel you can connect with can sometimes be tricky. Some people join a church, while others might join a neighborhood group, but perhaps you’re not interested in things like that.

If you want something that caters more to your interests, you can find something you enjoy doing, maybe be trying out a few new things. It’s all about not just finding something you like, but also finding people you feel you can connect with.

And this is a major point. In wanting to engage in a new community we need to really feel comfortable with the people we are seeing. So take time and find ways to engage that will help make a decision if this what you want.

Also, know that if you are not enjoying this particular community there is no obligation. Do go try out several communities until you find that which truly makes you feel connected. After all it is the connection that makes us happier and healthier, yes?

Contribute Your Skills and Knowledge

Another way to engage with a community in a healthy way is to contribute your skills and knowledge. You can offer your abilities, whether you charge or you do it for free, so that you feel you’re contributing to your community in the way you know best.

It can help you feel useful and appreciated, and could help you meet people you wouldn’t normally connect with.

You might even end up bartering your skills with other people or running a business.

Connecting with a local community could make you a happier and healthier person. It doesn’t take much to start getting involved.

SUMMARY

Once we are ready to start our search for community, we also need to decide how involved we want to be. Are we looking for a live in community or a place to pop into several times a week? Making these decisions help to give us a better understanding of what we need and want.

Deciding to be part of a healthy thriving and vibrant community not only makes us feel more healthy, but it adds to our sense of life. It adds more friends and brain power and basically knowing we are looking forward to activities and options. 

How do you see your options? Are you interested in forming community? Is it something you have been thinking about? Do you know what criteria you want for community?

All of these question help you to find the fit that will indeed bring you greater happiness and a very strong feeling of vibrancy and health.

I wish you great connections!

in peace and gratitude,

Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
living one heart-centric moment at a time

6 thoughts on “Connect to a Community to Be Happier and Healthier

  1. Dear Ariel,

    The idea to connect with the community you gave is really awesome “Another way to engage with a community in a healthy way is to contribute your skills and knowledge. You can offer your abilities, whether you charge or you do it for free, so that you feel you’re contributing to your community in the way you know best” Its our responsibility to pay it forward to our community by that we will be connected with our community as well.

    Your Friend,
    Paul

  2. Great article, Ariel.
    It is so important to ‘feel connected’ to – yourself, community, family, others – which we ALL are, in some way. It all starts from within. You have to have the feel to be giving and your spirit will give off the energy and bring what you need to you, in time, as it is right.
    Yes, we are all connected – 6 degrees of separation.
    Namaste.
    Michelle

    1. Hello Michelle, so true. When we feel connected we are connected in all ways. And that brings about a sense of flow and ease. I do so like the way you said it. Many thanks. So glad you are here. In peace and gratitude, ariel

    2. So well said MIchelle, we are so on the same wave length. Indeed when we are truly connected it does start from within. I wish you always great joy and connections. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  3. Hi Ariel,
    I so relate to what you are saying here. I found especially after I retired, that I had a desire to get involved with a local community, just as I had when I was a stay-at-homemaker with small children.
    Having a group of people with whom I connect, whether it is over playing tennis or cards, or being part of my church, or working within my town to help improve the schools, is an important part of my life.
    Not only do I get to relate with like-minded people, but I get to make a difference in the lives of those around me.
    My tribe may change from time to time, depending on where my interests lie, and that is creatively min-expanding too.
    Thanks for this!
    Annie

    1. Hello Annie, I think you said it so well. And being a part of something truly raises our vibrancy levels. I am so happy you are here. In peace and gratitude, ariel

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