Wellness Pathway #127: Get In a Group

Sociologists in developed nations have observed a decline in what they call “social capital” over the past 50 years. Simply put, “social capital” refers to the connections between people which add value to the quality of life. The decline in “social capital” refers to the well-documented fact that people today have fewer connections than in past generations. As Robert Putnam observed in his book “Bowling Alone,” bowling alleys are seeing more business than ever before and yet participation in bowling leagues is at an all-time low. In other words, people are bowling alone.

It comes as no surprise that as we have isolated ourselves from others we have also seen an epidemic of obesity and new health-related disorders. Left to our own devices, we can lose the direction and motivation to stay active, fit, and healthy. What’s the solution? Join a group. Run with a group of buddies. Go to a Yoga or Tai Chi class. Try spinning or Pilates. Or, yes, join a bowling league. The point is to find a group that will support, guide, direct, and challenge you to be the best you can possibly. Once you get connected, it will be easier to maintain good habits and good health.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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