We all desire a feeling of belonging; to be a part of a community, a part of something bigger than ourselves. When you think of what humans need to survive, basics like food and water probably come to mind. But consider the intangibles. The need for physical, human connection is high up on our needs list. It’s in our DNA.
Psychologists have studied human interaction for years. The results they’ve found show that human interaction, or the lack of, can effect so much of our well-being. Loneliness can lower our immune and heart functions and increase stress hormones. Negative social connection can effect our brain and can actually cause us physical pain. Yes, the feeling of rejection or a broken heart, actually registers similar brain responses as physical hurt.
So what does this mean for you? Connecting and finding a community where you feel comfortable is easier said then done. It takes effort to put yourself out there and try something new to create quality connections. However, it is worth the investment.
We live in a digital age that makes finding a community easier than ever. With a few clicks we can find people with similar interests and connect with others all around the world. You have that opportunity with the LIF Community, among many others.
The digital community is a wonderful platform, but it’s not enough. Challenge yourself to create community around you. Face-to-face interaction is more powerful than that through a screen. It means so much more to sit across from someone, look into their eyes, and really see them. Invest in the people around you by joining a group focused on one of your interests. Get to know your neighbors or invite a friend over to your home for a meal.
Community can be shaped into all different forms. No matter what it looks like for you, take the time to find your people, your tribe. Your health and your happiness will benefit from it.
Share your community with us by tagging #LIFCommunity on social! Let’s see who you are investing in and don’t forget to share the LIF community with others.