Uncategorized Dec 15, 2021

We are profoundly social creatures and social connection is incredibly important to our health and wellbeing. COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing stripped us of this connection with family and friends, work colleagues and networks.

Brene Brown, researcher, author, storyteller and Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work, says:

‘A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we do not function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.’


Making a new connection may feel like the last thing you want to do. You don’t have time!

However, connecting with someone new can bring fresh energy, perspective and joy.
Identify someone you can make a connection with. Someone you can forge a new relationship with. It could be an old school friend, someone you’ve been secretly following on LinkedIn or someone in your professional community.

Before you connect, identify what it is about them that makes you drawn to them.

Is it a similar work approach?
The potential to reminisce about the past?
The ability to learn something new?

Approach them and see if they want to connect, share, collaborate. Be open to new connections…it could bring you a new sense of belonging.


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