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The Importance of Community


I never realised how important community really was until recently.


A community is a group of people who share common values, interests, or characteristics, and who come together to form relationships, support one another, and work towards common goals. Being part of a community can provide individuals with a sense of belonging, social support, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Communities can have a powerful impact on individuals and society as a whole, as they can promote positive change and contribute to the greater good.


Being part of a community can have many positive impacts, including:

  1. Increased sense of belonging: Being part of a community can provide a sense of belonging and social support, which can improve mental health and overall well-being.

  2. Opportunities for social connections: Communities provide opportunities for individuals to form new friendships and social connections, which can lead to increased happiness and improved quality of life.

  3. Increased motivation: Being part of a community can provide individuals with a sense of purpose and motivation. This can be especially important for individuals who are struggling with mental health issues or feeling isolated.

  4. Access to resources and support: Communities often provide access to resources and support that individuals may not have on their own. For example, a community may provide job opportunities, educational resources, or financial assistance.

  5. Improved physical health: Communities can also have a positive impact on physical health. For example, a fitness community may provide motivation and accountability for individuals to exercise regularly and adopt healthier habits.

Having a community is important for many reasons

  1. Support: A community provides emotional and practical support to its members, especially during difficult times. Members can rely on each other for help, advice, and encouragement, which can be essential for mental and physical well-being.

  2. Belonging: Humans are social creatures and crave a sense of belonging. Being part of a community can fulfil this need and give members a sense of identity and purpose. It can also help combat loneliness and isolation.

  3. Diversity: Communities bring together people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. This diversity can lead to new perspectives, ideas, and solutions that would not be possible without collaboration.

  4. Learning: A community can be a great source of knowledge and learning. Members can share their expertise, skills, and experiences with each other, which can lead to personal and professional growth.

  5. Fun: Being part of a community can also be enjoyable and fun. Members can participate in activities, events, and celebrations that bring them together and create positive memories.

There are many different types of communities, some examples include:

  • Neighbourhood communities

  • Religious communities

  • Professional communities

  • Online communities

  • Support groups

Here is some inspiring stories of how communities coming together can make a positive impact:


In 2017, a bombing occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and injuring over 500 others. The Sikh community in Manchester came together to offer food, shelter, and transportation to those affected by the attack. They also held a candlelight vigil to honor the victims.


In 2018, the town of Paradise, California was devastated by a wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Despite their own losses, the community rallied together to support each other, with neighbour’s opening up their homes to those who had lost everything and local businesses offering free goods and services to those in need.


In response to discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, a woman named Sara Cunningham started the "Free Mom Hugs" movement. She and other mothers would attend Pride events to offer hugs and support to those who may have been rejected by their own families. The movement has since grown, with people all over the world offering free hugs and support to the LGBTQ+ community.


Being part of a community can have many positive impacts on individuals, including improved mental and physical health, increased motivation, and access to resources and support. Communities can also contribute to the greater good by promoting positive change and working towards common goals. Overall, communities have a powerful impact on individuals and society as a whole, and it is important to recognise and value the role that they play in our lives. Find those with common goals and aspirations and link arms with them. Find a group of people you connect with and stay in touch with them. Find a friend in a weekly yoga class, face to face or online.


I have recently joined a community of people who have made me feel welcomed and inspired. I never really understood the importance of community until I opened my eyes to it. Imagine having daily cheerleaders that want nothing but the best for you and also understand where you are on your journey because they too have experienced the same thing. I just want to say thank you for being here and being apart of THIS community, I love hearing from you guys for the ones who email back and I love getting to share the things I love with you in hopes it helps you too.


Sending so much love

Jen

Xxx

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