Human beings are wired to be part of a group. We evolved each as an integral part of the ‘human tribe’ – everyone holding an important role in the group, whether it be chasing down food for dinner or tending to the children. We have formed communities not just so that we can feel part of something but also for survival and rapid expansion as a species. Our hormonal profile (e.g., Oxytocin and Serotonin) dictates the biological need for belonging. Yet, we have technologically evolved so quickly, we have lost the connection between each other. Belonging is the third highest human need in Maslow’s hierarchy of survival. So, why’s it so important and how do we maintain a strong level of connection with others?
One of the first things to realise is that we become like the 6 people we hang around with the most. That in itself can be a scary thought! If you work next to someone who is not your ideal role-model 8 hours a day, be sure to get your human connection from more uplifting beings in your downtime. You can’t really choose your family – and for some of us lucky ones, it’s worked out pretty good. If you find you’re getting weighed down by old stories from those in your gene pool, again be sure to satisfy the need to belong with people who resonate closer to your own values and ideals. You can choose that and choose wisely for your own health’s sake.
Team Mtg2Whenever you are already part of a community or thinking about becoming part of one you need to be aware of the potential effects that it could have on you. Where do you hang out now? What impact is that having on you and your sense of wellbeing? Is it driving you forward in your growth, or potentially holding you back? There are many questions to consider…
At Elemental, we are focused heavily on creating great communities for health-minded people. We want to surround ourselves with people who are driven to have better health, have a positive view, and are focused on changing their lives for the better.
We have such conviction in the power of strong, healthy communities and the impact that thatch have on the world, we have chosen to make community the centre of our business and provide as many means as possible for our members to come together and share their energy.
Here are some important reasons why you should become part of a community:
Inspiration & Motivation – in strong communities there is always someone doing something amazing, which can have the effect of inspiring you to go harder and achieve bigger goals. Community members act more like a team – edging each other on to successful outcomes. If you feel part of something bigger than yourself, you’re far more likely to follow through and achieve what you set out to do.
Expansion through Sharing -why reinvent the wheel? Rather than having to learn from your own mistakes you can reach out to the community and ask if anyone has had an experience that could be valuable to your situation. This is the shortcut to success. Everywhere around you, there are people you can learn from and those who can learn from you. An incredibly powerful platform to quickly improve your experience and the lives of others. Even something as simple as a shared recipe can make a difference in someone’s day.
A Network of Support – there are times in life when you are in need of a particular service, advice, support, understanding or may like to meet a particular person. When you are in strong community it is highly likely that someone may be able to help you out or just share your celebratory moments. Even finishing a class is a big ask some days! To take the time out to share a chat over a smoothie after class can really complete the way you feel and boost those healthy, happy human-connection hormones!
Opportunity – as part of a community we get to learn from other people’s success and what other people do with their day-to-day lives. Successful people are always doing cool stuff and when you are hanging out with them you often get a sense of how that could be real for you, too (and as we said above, possibly feel inspired to do the same). Whether it’s a social activity, perfecting a posture or a once in a lifetime experience, there is always an opportunity for expansion and growth to be found.
Fun – we are social animals and when you are part of a community there are always social activities involved where you can have a lot of fun.
It’s just plain good for your health – People who feel like they belong have far less behavioural issues (such as anxiety or depression). You feel there is more meaning and purpose to your life and that you are exactly where you’re meant to be. The on-flow of positive health effects are massive. Less stress, more happiness, greater contentment, less chance of chronic disease.
Everybody needs to be part of some community. Choose your community wisely and play full out for maximum fun and vitality. We look forward to welcoming you to the Elemental Community at any time – a place to actualise your own highest potential.