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Changing Mindset - Community Article Series: Sharing.

This Article is part of a Community Article Series Project with the Headline "Changing Mindset", initiated by Jan Lampe, accessible with the following link:


Sharing

"Happiness is only true when shared", this quote from the academy award winning picture "Into the Wild" pretty much sums it up. We perceive ourselves as individuals, but everything we do becomes quite nonsense, if you ignore the community. Our social environment is a critical part in getting feedback, reputation, information, team spirit, and much more. Living a lonely life often leads to depression. Being part of a community makes us happy. Sharing, finally, makes us happy.

Now today we know by fact that wealth generally has steadily increased in our Western countries, but happiness stagnated. We know, we all know, money doesn't make us happier. If someone argues an all-new BMW 3 series would make them happier, maybe it's just because they would raise their social acceptance and reputation in front of others.

Our big problem today is, that community is rather a by-product of our day-to-day activities. School is simply cheaper if you put several children in one room, as well as a workplace is when offices or factory spaces are shared. With all those threats and media violence, and the internet communication possibilities, sadly, we more and more hide inside our castles and avoid Mainstreet. We perceive strangers of any kind with high caution.

If we do not care enough for networking we might end up isolated. Even if there's a public party people go there with their friends and stay within that group for the night. "Random networking" is just too hard to accomplish. Lastly, the strength of our society relies on the individual's networking efforts, meeting people, discussing, sharing ideas, working on global issues. Just like we do here, however a live meeting will be just as important. I'm looking forward to the conference and may encourage you to host local events.

That's what I'm always trying. Next week, coincidentally, I'll be guiding a weekly project at Mensa Germany Juniors Camp with a bunch of 12- to 17-year-old. With the topic of "How to save the world". That's like a win-win-win situation. I connect with about 70 completely new people, all young and mindful like you here. I pass on all my knowledge on the subject, creating a deeper understanding for myself and others. I'll urge them to join here and contribute their thoughts. We'll have a lot of fun. And, finally, who knows what will rise from all that.

I am not awarded any money or anything for this. It's pure sharing for sharing's sake. However, in my belief, that's a direct connection to happiness. And that's the best I can contribute to our society.

I'll urge every reader to try and do likewise.

*UPDATE* Here's just a striking example provided by one of our Hero's of the Week:

Voilà!

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Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on March 23, 2010 at 3:26pm
courage
Comment by Felix Albus on March 23, 2010 at 3:27pm
courage?
Comment by Massive Attack on March 23, 2010 at 3:32pm
+1 spark! Sharing & getting involved in the community is so much,better then being lonely & depressed
Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on March 23, 2010 at 3:33pm
Yes, courage for your contribution to our society and share your work for give us the first step!
Comment by Felix Albus on March 23, 2010 at 3:34pm
Yeah, got ya. Thanks ;) You're welcome everyone. Welcome to join ;)
Comment by Simon Brookes on March 23, 2010 at 4:13pm
A thought provoking post Agent Albus and a great contribution to the mindset debate. Sharing and networking are also crucial entrepreneurial traits. By sharing ideas we might discover people who can help develop our ideas and help move things forwards. Also truly great innovations often build upon the ideas of others. No doubt you will have heard of the phrase "Standing on the shoulders of giants". +20 collaboration coming your way. :-)
Comment by PJE on March 23, 2010 at 6:33pm
did you see in the book 'Outliers' Malcolm Gladwell writes about a community in America called Roseto where people lived long in to old age, very little disease, almost no heart attacks. It wasn't the diet, people ate red meat and cooked with lard and so on one the thing that made that village different from surrounding villages was intergenerational families and community associations. People were more connected, talked more, cared more for each other. So there is a good chance sharing makes us happy and healthy! Thanks you for writing this post.
Best wishes to you
PJE
Comment by Felix Albus on March 23, 2010 at 6:40pm
Thanks for making that point PJE. No, I have not read this book yet, although I might have heard it quoted somewhere. Maybe on Jane's TED talk where she talks about 10.000-hours-success-theory or something like that? I have his book "blink" on my desk right now, also highly interesting. He's an awesome writer. I didn't know this story, PJE, thanks for sharing. I need to get "Outliers" now.

Also thanks for the great feedback, fellow agents! More to come!
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 23, 2010 at 6:53pm
nicely written :) " I pass on all my knowledge on the subject, creating a deeper understanding for myself and others. I'll urge them to join here and contribute their thoughts. We'll have a lot of fun. And, finally, who knows what will rise from all that." a lovely definition of creating POSSIBILITY!

+1 Collaboration
Comment by Felix Albus on March 23, 2010 at 6:57pm
Thanks John. Haven't found a better way to waste my time here on earth so far ;) creating possibility... very true.

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