We need to connect with people, whether it is with complete strangers, people in our communities and friendship circles, distant relatives or our closest family and friends, these relationships are important for our happiness and well being. Some postulate that technology, with all its emphasis on 'connectivity', is perversely only increasing our isolation, fans and 'likes' replacing truly meaningful connections. In the movie Into the Wild
, after spending some time pondering the meaning of life and searching for happiness, Christopher McCandless comes to the conclusion, "Happiness only real when shared." [sic]
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The Innovation of Loneliness
Video / ByShimi Cohen
Technology is making it increasingly easy for us to connect with anyone, at any time, from anywhere. But somehow having enormous social networks with thousands of friends can lead to us feeling lonely and isolated, because technology can never replace our need for face to face contact.
When we're feeling down most of us want to retreat into ourselves. When Juan Mann (pronounced One Mann) was feeling low he went out with a sign offering FREE HUGS. Connecting with people in this way had a bigger impact on him and the recipients of said hugs than he had anticipated. It prompted him to start the Free Hugs Campaign
The web abounds with videos of flash mobs. Many are slick and choreographed to famous songs, but I picked this one because the timeless song and simple movements made it possible for everyone to join in.
I am the founder of SelfCentr.com. I love reading personal development books and try very hard to implement the stuff that resonates with me. For the most part I am paralysed by fear and indulge in the fine art of proscrastination. So it's small changes for me.
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