A piece that I’ve read in the Huffington post made me think about how important your community are to you and the quality of life that you live.
“Throughout high school, college and after college, many of us are on a mission to have the highest number of friends possible. For some reason, we think it’s quantity over quality. We’re certain that we’ll be cooler, happier and more popular based on a higher number – especially when social media comes into play. ‘How many Facebook friends do you have?’ ‘How many Instagram followers do you have?’ people ask one another.
As we get older, we recognise the importance of having friends who are authentic and genuine – people who love, respect and support us. Most of us are happier with a handful of best friends who we can truly rely on compared to 25 friends who don’t really mean as much to us.”
A community is commonly considered a social unit (a group of people) who have something in common, such as norms, values, or identity. Often – but not always – communities share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood). Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.
Communities are important because they allow people to interact with each other, share experiences, develop valued relationships and work toward a common goal. Without communities, people would have to live isolated lives with minimal or no contact outside of their immediate circle. Getting to know new people is essential to the enrichment of a person’s life.
So let’s get involved, let’s get involved in our local communities and make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe in your own as well!!