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