Friendship & Community
The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital. -Mark Hyman
Humans by nature are social creatures and as such our friendships can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Good friendship can help increase our sense of belonging and purpose, improve our self-confidence and self-worth and help us through hard times by reducing stress and anxiety. Moreover, adults with strong social support are reported to have a reduced risk of depression, high blood pressure and unhealthy body max index (BMI). Studies have also shown that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections. In short, the importance of good friends and social support for your health cannot be overstated.
It follows then that as social creatures we have evolved to exist within communities. Positive experiences with communities allow individuals to feel more connected to their environment and the people in it. In addition, the connection that comes with being in a community can act as a support system for members when they require encouragement or help.
Communities can exist or be created from a shared location, hobbies, lived experiences and backgrounds, or a common cause. Research has shown that for many people, communicating with others – through online forums, social media, or in person – can help them to have a healthier mindset, improved self-worth, and greater enjoyment of life.
Having people to talk to and depend on, and making new connections through hobbies or a social group can help reduce the risk of mental illness.There are many activities that can help increase your sense of belonging. Learning a language or martial art, volunteering, or joining a dancing group are a few options. As a first step, you can find out what meetups are taking place in your local centres, and take it forward from there. Here at Om'echaye we have a number of Events and Workshops that we offer, you can find them by clicking here https://www.omechaye.com/news.