Ganel-Lyn Condie joined us to share the importance of belonging and human connection, as well as how to develop a deeper connection with those around you.

Belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. She said we are wired for connection. It is the feeling of being seen and validated. Connection helps us cope with intensely painful emotions as well as improves health. For those that struggle with connection and belonging, loneliness can be overwhelming, especially this time of year.

Ganel-Lyn Condie shares the following five steps to deepen your connection with others.

  1. Show up
    • Go to family dinner, work events, volunteer at school, ask someone to sit with you at lunch. Don’t isolate yourself.
  2. Communicate
    • Text, make phone calls, write old-fashioned letters, participate in family traditions.
  3. Be vulnerable
    • This does not mean over-sharing. But if you are not feeling a connection, perhaps you may need to open the door for it.
  4. Validate
    • Let go of judgement. Be emotionally sensitive.
  5. Make deposits in relationships
    • Remember important dates.
  6. Ask your friends how they like to be supported.
  7. Look for evidences of connection
    • Don’t look for proof you don’t belong, because we always see what we look for.

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