Developing a Sense of Community

In today’s fast-paced world of modern gadgets and technology it is easy for people to get caught up in the glamour of social media and online communications. In the blink of an eye we have access to an entire world of users who can be an active audience. You’ve probably noticed the growing trend of people becoming less engaged with the people around them and more engaged with the online community. This can create a disconnect between people and their real life communities.

It is important to realize that as human beings we all have  a desire to belong. Many of use find it easier to develop a sense of belonging through the internet because there is less fear of rejection from an online user, but the downside is that many people are missing out on the importance of developing a sense of community and engaging with the people around you. Isolation can damage a person’s self-esteem and well-being. To combat this its important to engage with others in your community. Attend community events, get out of the house and away from the computer to meet others in your community who may share the same interests and passions. Not only does a sense of community help to establish a sense of belonging it can also create more peace and harmony in the community. When others are able to make face-to-face interactions in a healthy environment they are able to have dynamic conversations without the risk of cyber attacks and threats. People tend to be more brave and aggressive behind a computer screen, but by creating a stronger sense of community we can increase awareness and acceptance about many issues.

Be encourage to step out in your community and start in engaging. There are many free community events that are open to families, parents, children, business owners, college students, and so on. You can even be the voice of change by creating your own community event. Studies have shown that it is extremely important to develop a sense of community. Engaging with others can ultimately improve your well-being and help develop a strong support system so when challenges arise, you do not fee alone.

So you live…for community.

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