The social belonging to a group that you can support yourself, is not only very rewarding, but also promotes your happiness and health. Spending time together in an increasingly individualized and lonely society has many advantages that you should take advantage of.
In our modern society, even children and teenagers often feel lonely. The dependence on new technologies and social networks leads them into isolation and leaves them lonely. The consequences: low self-esteem, frustration, discouragement.
Humans are social animals, so social affiliation is synonymous with happiness and health, in all age groups. You shouldn’t let the feeling of togetherness take away from you!
Science confirms: social belonging makes you happy and healthy
When we ask about the number of friends we often hear this answer: “I can count them on one hand and there are still fingers left.” Many of us have two or three really good friends who accompany our lives and are always there.
However, it is also very enriching to make new friends and expand social contacts. Not all friends have to be soul mates or be with you throughout your life. If you expand your circle of friends, however, you can also enrich your experiences, perspectives, knowledge and feelings. Among other things, this is very positive for your brain.
Social Belonging and Wellbeing
Nottingham Trent University did some very interesting research in 2017. She analyzed the social behavior of 4,000 people in order to understand how they interact with one another and thus influence their feelings of happiness. With increased social interaction, the participants were able to improve their well-being.
This means that it is not advisable to limit yourself to just family or close friends. Playing sports with others, attending a dance class or participating in other leisure activities has very positive effects on satisfaction, health and happiness.
We cannot ignore the fact that we are social beings. Our ancestors lived in small social groups that are the basis for social belonging and emotional wellbeing. Social exchange enables us to gain experience and learn from it.
Social belonging: a necessity
Studies of the benefits of belonging to a social group are widespread in sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Research from the University of Queensland and other studies make it clear that being in contact with loved ones is not enough to achieve satisfaction.
When you identify with a social group, you are promoting your health and wellbeing. This is the case when there are common values, interests, passions and goals in life. So it’s about building your own community that you can identify with. Mutual support, shared hopes and interests, and fun and entertainment are key.
Attachment or individualism?
In our modern society there is an increasing tendency towards individualization. Older people often live in loneliness, which leads to hopelessness and poor health. It is time to promote mechanisms that enable different groups of the population to come into contact with one another.
Organizing group experiences at the community level is a great way to encourage much-needed encounters and enable lonely people to connect with others. Young people also need social belonging in order to be able to develop their personality and to gain experience. Common activities, goals, projects and passions are an urgent necessity.