The third ingredient for happiness is COMMUNITY. To feel connected with the people around you. Meeting neighbours, sharing experiences with friends, doing things together.
As an introvert and artist, I really like doing things on my own. Or with just a couple of colleagues or friends. This worked for me for a long time. But during the last years, things changed. Lots of the things I heard in the news or saw in the world made me feel unhappy. Sometimes I even felt despair. Because, when I am alone, I can forget about all the good people who live in this town. I can forget about all the individuals or groups who work for a better world. I can forget that most people are kind. That most people are longing for justice and happiness.
When I started to join some groups who took action in the neighbourhood, I got reconnected with hope. I got reconnected with what I know deep inside: That the good people are by far the majority and that a better world is possible. Doing things together gives hope and connection and joy. That’s why I challenge myself to join (or initiate) one group activity every week. I will look for events that are sustainable and connect people in a meaningful way. That can be small things like cooking with friends or inviting neighbours to watch a movie together.
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