I had the pleasure of joining Amy Baglan, CEO of Fabriq, on the Wellness 3.0 podcast this week. Listen in!
At the beginning of April I set the intention to have a face-to-face interaction with each of my 24 neighbors. But as April turned into May I still hadn’t taken action on my challenge. Quite simply, I was scared. Not because I suspected by neighbors were incinerating bodies in the basement, but because I was afraid of violating the unspoken but very real norm of privacy, and the unmentioned, but very palpable code of silence that governed our community. In the face of engaging in a simple, but profoundly countercultural act, I completely froze.
It’s time to rethink what creeping cultural and economic norms such as HOA-governed communities are doing to our neighborhoods, our neighbors, and ourselves.
By investing our hopes, our dollars, and the efforts of our best and brightest minds in developing a biochemical solution for loneliness, we are missing the mark in spectacular fashion.
Not all scholars agree that loneliness and social isolation are new or growing problems. It may be that loneliness is just an inevitable part of the human condition. So what do we really know about these phenomena? Are they actually on the rise, or is it all in our heads?
According to sociologists, one of the clearest trends in Americans’ socializing habits over the past few decades has been a marked decline in the frequency with which we entertain in our homes. Could the fact that our attempts to connect happen largely outside our homes—separate from the epicenter of our lives—be a driver of our widespread loneliness? In March, I’ll try to find out.
This month I took some time to really explore and experience what deep, close connection can and will feel like. Here are some lessons learned.
We are a nation of personal improvement fanatics chasing “measurable results” on treadmills—alone.
I plan to improve myself in 2019 by focusing on other people. I hope to make 2019 not the year of me, but the year of YOU. The year of rebuilding community in a hyper-individualistic world.
Project Reconnect is about awakening—to my own unmet need to connect and belong, and to the vibrant but latent relationships and communities all around me that are waiting to be activated.