Connection with others is an important part of our well-being. While our first thoughts often go to the people who we are immediately connected to, such as family, friends and coworkers, being connected to the community in which you live, work, go to school, etc. also reaps benefits for our well-being. The benefits include living a more purposeful life, satisfaction in belonging to something bigger than our usual social circles, and meeting with people who share mutual interests. Try some of the ideas below to get involved in your community.
- Join a community sports team. Play sports games like softball, volleyball or pickle ball to meet people with similar interests.
- Join community groups that meet over shared interests. For example, volunteer groups, church organizations, or clubs for people with shared hobbies.
- Participate in your child/ren’s PTO. Doing provides an opportunity not only for you to connect with other parents at school, but can also help your child feel more invested in their school community.
- Take a walk around the block! Stretching your legs, stopping to say hi to a neighbor or two, and getting some fresh air will help you connect with your neighborhood.
- Map out a walking tour of your town! You may run into people you haven’t seen in a while. It also gives you a chance to…
- …Support local businesses, parks, nature centers and museums. You can help boost your local economy as well as learn more about your community.
- Organize outings to local trails to walk or hike. Visit trails.com for a list of hiking trails in your area.
- Sign up for a charity run/walk. It is a great way to get out into your community as well as connect with others supporting a cause.
- Send a note to your local police department or nurses at your local hospital and thank them for serving the people of your community.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, nursing home, homeless shelter or animal rescue.
- Donate blood. By becoming a blood donor, you can help others and potentially save the lives of your family, friends and neighbors.
There are many ways to participate in your community. Find the ways that contribute to your happiness and well-being, as well as allow you to cultivate your interests.