Community Makes or Breaks Your Holiday Season

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December is the holiday season. It is the time of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza,
New Year’s, and Winter Solstice. It seems like the theme for the month has to be
Community is the Foundation of a Sweet Life.

In the book "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way," by Dan Buettner, he
shows that one of the secrets to happiness is community. Community is not just
the place you live but it includes an environment of economic freedom, high
employment rates, tolerance of your citizens, the quality of your government in
your municipality, the amount of community spaces available for family activities
and exercise, access to the arts, and safety. These are all areas to be
considered as you move into and build a community because they influence your
happiness and your health.

On Saturday, I walked into a building to take a yoga class and at least 4 people
said hello to me before I got to the studio. It struck me that the people here were
open to building community. They were inclusive and friendly. The yoga studio is
located in Takoma Park and anyone who knows that part of DC will not be
surprised to hear that people there are good at building community.
It was actually a lovely experience to be welcomed into the yoga community by
so many people in the class. It inspired me to be a welcoming part of my
community this week.

Have you ever stopped to think about all the communities that you are involved
in? There are several: your family, your friends, your church, the alumni of your
elementary, secondary, high schools and colleges, your sorority and your
profession - just to name a few.

During your holiday season what are you doing to be a contributing member of
your community?

Are you signing up to help seniors or families in need? Are you helping your
neighbors put up holiday decorations? Are you preparing to host your family for
the holidays?

The holiday season is the perfect time to reach outside of your normal routine
and become a more involved member of your community.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae