Jonathan Gottschal suggests that “story is the grease and glue of society” (in The Storytelling Animal). He says stories unite people – pulling them together to connect through common values and ideas. What’s your part in that?
Loneliness is a condition that can affect us socially and professionally. Its impact can be significant. It is suggested that loneliness can reduce your lifespan in a similar way to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day, or greater than that associated with obesity. So what can we do about it?
We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.
~ Dorothy Day
Working overseas opens you up to change. You see new ways of doing things. You experience a new culture. You try a new language. For the time we are there, we call it home. That is, until we move to the next one. In this flexible lifestyle, what do we call home?
Are you up for a challenge? It requires only a small time commitment, but it does need mental effort. The benefits may include better relationships, improved health, motivation to achieve goals and greater life satisfaction. You can do this yourself, or better yet – take it into your workplace.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe