“Other people are the best antidote to the downs of life and the single most reliable up.” Martin Seligman, psychologist
Think about it: when you’re feeling down, what’s the best way to pick yourself up? Other people. Whether it’s a friend who knows just how to make you laugh or a complete stranger who offers words of encouragement, interacting with other humans is one of the most reliable ways to boost your mood.
It’s a strange time in life when we’re surrounded by other people that have their heads down staring at a small screen in the palm of their hand.
One of the best experiences of my life was flying to Australia and having a layover in Fiji. During that layover, my buddy Dan and I met a young woman traveling by herself. We struck up a conversation and after several hours talking together, she invited us to go on holiday with her family and friends.
We spent five days on a remote beach with her family and friends and for the next three months, they plugged us into the Sydney social scene.
All from one serendipitous encounter…
Is it me or do those random encounters while waiting in line seem to happen less and less as our attention is being sucked into the endlessly entertaining and informing interwebs.?
One of my favorite things about our Land Geek is our community. Whether online or in person we are all in this business together helping, encouraging, and supporting each other.
In fact, research has shown that social interaction is one of the main things that contribute to happiness. So next time you’re feeling down, go out and spend some time with your friends, family, or your Land Geek community–or even better, meet some new people! You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel after just a few hours surrounded by others.
Our next live Boot Camp is in August and it’s worth attending just for the connections alone! Save the date now in your calendars for August 12-14 in San Antonio! Yeehaw!
“Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.” –David Spangler