In today’s constantly changing digital world, it is really easy to get lost. Everything seems to be moving a million miles an hour and it can be really hard to feel grounded. Because of technology we are more connected today than ever before, but somehow relationships don’t seem so close. A key way to combat these challenging elements of everyday life is through being connected to your community.
Community can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and that is OK. Communities are built upon a connection or shared experience that brings people together. Traditionally, it’s been thought of as geographically driven; that your neighbourhood is your community. But community can be something totally different. It could be your hockey team, your office, your book club, your activist group, or even your country. Whatever connects you with a group of people who have a shared goal or experience can be your community.
Half of surveyed Carrot Rewards members feel a strong sense of connection with their community but maintaining and continuing to strengthen that connection can be a tall order. Whether it is something as large as your country or as small as your neighbourhood block, life can get in the way of growing those connections, so you have to put in work to make sure they stay strong.
Staying connected with your local community can have its own challenges. It may take a little more than reading the news – a key to maintaining that strong sense of community is taking initiative. If you want to bring your block closer together, then take the first step. Look into organizing a potluck or a street party and be the force that gets people involved.
An easy way to stay connected with the global or national community is to stay informed. If you know what is going on, then you know who to help, what you can do, and plan ways that you can improve that community. Although traditional media or twitter are good ways of getting information, subscribing to a daily news email is an efficient and effective way of getting all the information you need to start your day. Pressed News makes the world’s biggest headlines easy to understand – delivered right to your inbox Monday to Friday mornings. Are you thinking “sign me up?”. So are we! Never miss a beat and sign up for your free morning news roundup here.
We all want to be connected with our communities, whatever those communities are, it’s just that we often get caught up in the busyness of everyday life and forget to take the first step. Being the one to make the move and bring people together can create traditions and connections that will continue for years to come and help to build the communities we all want to be a part of. Try planning a dinner, a night out, a picnic in the park, or even just starting a group chat with your friends can be the first step in maintaining friendships over time.
What are your favourite activities to connect with your community? Share with us below!