Building community can be challenging – especially in a city as transient and political as DC. But both experience and research tell us that “social connections are really good for us, and that loneliness kills. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected.” … “And we know that you can be lonely in a crowd and you can be lonely in a marriage, so it’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matter.”- Robert Waldinger, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development.
You may be in service organizations, on work committees, active in parent-teacher organizations or invited to more parties than you can attend, however, if you can’t name someone you would feel comfortable calling in the midst of anxiety or feelings of loneliness then you may be less socially connected than you think and lacking intimacy in your relationships.
This series will explore where community is or isn’t present in our lives, how positive connection and community looks and feels to each of us, and steps for creating, maintaining and growing the communities we want.
Sessions held at Yoga District (1910 14th St NW location) consecutive Mondays: July 30th, August 6th, August 13th, and August 20th