What gets you out of bed in the morning? Equally, what keeps you up at night? It’s been called “purpose” or “calling”, but what do we do when we haven’t gotten the “call”? Passion and drive come from within…they have always been there, but sometimes we just are not tuned in well enough to hear what those voices are telling us. Sometimes our purpose is not clearly defined yet we can see a vague outline. This can be frustrating, but the fact is we are not ready to see the full picture. The picture unfolds when the time is right. Today, in the age of instant gratification, this is a hard concept to embrace. I can help you to hear that voice again, set long term goals, and make a plan to make it happen. Through thoughtful communication, we will work together to help you find what lights you up!!
Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being. A sense of community or belonging is one of several key elements which plays a part in ones ability to feel joy and happiness.
Research shows that loneliness is on the rise. Despite its clear importance for health and survival, social connectedness is waning at an alarming rate in the US. Most Americans claim they have no one to confide in. This decline in social connectedness may explain reported increases in loneliness, isolation, and alienation and may be why research is finding that loneliness represents one of the leading reasons people seek psychological counseling.
People low in social connection are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, and even suicidal behaviors which tend to further increase their isolation. (Dr. Emma Seppala)
A therapist can not fulfill one’s whole need for connectedness or belonging, but it is a beginning and has been shown to make a difference, especially for those without another source of social or emotional engagement.
In my home, we have a “give” bag. In this large canvas bag, I have taught my children to place the items they have loved, but no longer have need of. This small act, learned as children, has translated into two kind and generous children who I am very proud of. What we learn through giving is that every small act of giving can have a very large and positive affect on others and on the world. As a family, we continue to give outgrown clothing, household items, and even financial support when possible.
Below are two links to two grassroots organizations we have been a part of for a long time. I share these links so that you can see an example of how a little bit of giving, whether it be time, money, or unused clothing, can change someone’s world.