What are you plans for the 4th of the July? For some of us, Independence Day might include having a cookout at a friends’ house, going for a hike with your dog, taking the kids swimming or watching fireworks with your neighbors. You may notice that all of these things having something in common; spending time with others (yes, pets included!).
- Go Outside: Take a walk in your neighborhood. Bake your neighbor cookies or mow your neighbor’s lawn. Start a conversation with someone who you don’t typically engage with and get to know them.
- Look for Local Events: Get involved in your community. Go to a concert, attend a play or cheer on your local baseball team.
- Talk about your passions: When you share your passions with others you feel more fulfilled and in return have the opportunity to learn something new from someone else!
- Volunteer: Organize a yard sale for charity, visit a senior center, volunteer at a soup kitchen or tutor a student.
- Ask for help: We may feel like turning to others for help is a sign of weakness, when in reality asking your community for help during a hard time helps create a larger bond and facilitate the opportunity for everyone to grow.
- Shop Locally: Give back to your community by shopping and eating at local stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.By: Melissa Major, MHC-LP