“Our Brain is social. Modern culture makes it isolated” Dan Siegel.
We live in an era of closer physical and digital connectedness than ever before, and yet people are suffering from a sense of separateness and loneliness, fear of one-another, competition and a lack of belonging. We are living in a world where Our Kids are ending their own lives over test scores or not feeling (pretty /good / smart /valued) enough. Something is very wrong with a community where its youth feel such a lack of belonging and meaning to their existence that this can happen.
Finding meaning in life is one of the most important things a human can do
A life without meaning is meaningless. It lacks a certain value and sense of vitality.
Studies about health, longevity and happiness show that to get a sense of meaning in life, we have to be interconnected with others and communities.
Meaning is a feeling of being connected to something larger than our bodily self.
It could take the form of feeling connected to other people, larger communities, or a larger sense of purpose such as helping to make the planet a better place. Being and feeling connected in general consistently predicts well-being. ¹
We are social animals and we are designed to live and collaborate together. Social connectedness is a prerequisite for happiness and a basic human need. ² A rich and fulfilling social life is a commonality found in the lives of very happy people. ³
There is a deep need to reconnect to ourselves, one another, the natural world around us and the planet on which we live.
We need to allow Our Kids to be grounded to know that they are more than just their bodily selves. They are connected to something bigger than their sense of “me”. They are part of a larger whole to which they belong; they are needed, loved and valued.
Join us at Our Thriving Kids to explore and experience this feeling of connectivity and meaning.
¹ Ryan R. M., Deci E. L. (2001). On happiness and human potentials: a review of research on hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Rev. Psychol. 52, 141–166 10.1146/annurev.psych.52.1.141
² Baumeister R., Leary M. R. (1995). The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychol. Bull. 65, 1061–1070 10.1037/0033-2909.117.3.497[PubMed] [Cross Ref]
³ Diener E., Seligman M. E. P. (2002). Very happy people. Sci. 13, 81–84 10.1111/1467-9280.00415 [PubMed][Cross Ref