Healthy Social Network
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" – Helen Keller
Do you have a healthy social network of family, friends, and a community of folks that you hang out with regularly?
When I make new friends both online and face-to-face, I commit to open myself fully, trusting that they are good people, with good hearts and good intentions. I’ve noticed that my openness has helped me nurture genuine friendships that are built on love and faith. These meaningful relationships wouldn’t be possible if I had closed myself off. One simple example is how I always open myself to my friends, fans, followers and readers on social media. In turn, I have been able to attract genuine, supportive and kind online communities.
For many years now, one of my goals is to be more effective in my communication and connection with people around me. And I embarked on the journey of embracing internet and social media technology to do that. Within a few years, I have “technologized” myself into a technology and internet communication pattern. At times admittedly even more so than face-to-face communication.
Studies show that only 7% of communication is based on the written or verbal words. And 93% is based on nonverbal body language. This presents a paradox! With all the powerful social media and digital technology available to us, we are more connected, but potentially more disconnected than ever before. I have found that as much as I have been really enjoying keeping in touch with my friends online, I still long for the personal touch. I also say I love connecting with people on 'facebook, but nothing beats FACE TO FACE."
Technology is an awesome tool to help us stay in touch with people, but it shouldn’t take the place of face-to-face communication when it is possible. Take some time to think about who you can catch up with in person this week, and who you can call today.
Below is a video I posted on my facebook group (tribe) "Juggling Health & Wealth" where I shared that in terms of a balanced social health, it's important to incorporate both online and offline connections. Let me know which do you prefer and why?