Feeling like you are a part of a community is important for your health and a major contributor to your happiness, but living in an era when most people don’t even know their neighbours names makes it difficult to build that sense of community. We at myWholeLife want to help, so we have compiled 5 simple suggestions on how to build a sense of #community in your life.
1. Volunteer – Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and it helps you feel more connected to those around you. Sign up for something that is at the same place and time every week (or two). That way you can get to know other volunteers and potentially provide service to some of the same people, which will enhance your community experience.
2. Join a Club or a Team – Find something that you are interested in and sign-up, and if there are no clubs that you feel drawn to start your own. Joining a club creates an automatic sense of belonging and there really is no better way to meet like-minded people and create new friendships.
3. Open Up – It’s really easy to make acquaintances, but for many of us it can be quite difficult to take that friendship beyond the superficial. If there is someone in your life that has been emotionally open with you but you haven’t had the courage to share back, try opening up to them and watch your friendship grow!
4. Help Out – Ever heard of helper’s high? Studies have actually found that helping out others or performing a simple act of kindness can make you feel instantly stronger, more energetic and more confident. Make a conscious effort to help out a neighbor, a friend, or even a stranger every day, and you will be gifted with an increased sense of happiness and wellbeing as well as enhanced mental health as you age.[i][ii]
5. Invite Someone for a Meal – If you know someone who is not lucky enough to have a tight-knit family, invite them to join your family for Thanksgiving dinner. And if you are that person who doesn’t have someone to celebrate Thanksgiving with, why not volunteer at a food bank (it’s far better than sitting at home feeling lonely).