20 April, 2017
Pursuit of Happiness through Connections and Tribes
“The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.” ~ Tom Ford
As life goes on, connections become even more important. When humans are observed and probed and quizzed on what makes them feel love, it’s… other people. Not things, or even experiences, but our connections with other people. Because that’s what makes us happiest. Feeling like you have solid relationships with a few people that you can really count on is important to your health, happiness, and wellbeing.
Love, altruism, and happiness spread through solid human connections. It’s easier than ever to “find your tribe,” through social connections. Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being.
A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate ― Seth Godin, Tribes
Ken Robinson, The Element says:
Tribes are circles of influence, and they can take many forms. They may be scattered far and wide or huddled closely together. They may be present only in your thoughts or physically present in the room with you. They may be alive or dead and living through their works. They may be confined to a single generation or cross over them.
When tribes gather in the same place, the opportunities for mutual inspiration can become intense. In all domains, there have been powerful groupings of people who have driven innovation through their influence on each other and the impetus they’ve created as a group.
Tribes can cause collective impact: a commitment to partnerships, accountability for results, respect for diversity, belief in community strengths, and high expectations for all.
I hope you are inspired to take action towards creating your own tribe today!