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We live under the influence of a dangerous paradox: while we are far more connected electronically than ever before in history, we are disconnecting with each other as well as with the many other connections that give meaning to our lives.

Connection, which I call the other vitamin C, is as essential for health, success, joy, and longevity as ascorbic acid.  Living without enough of it can actually lead to an early death.  Studies show that social isolation is a bad for your health as cigarette smoking.  Short of an early death, lack of the other vitamin C causes low-grade depression, lethargy, lack of get-up-and-go and a demoralizing feeling of purposelessness.

However, the problem is eminently solvable.  In this presentation I provide an outline of a richly connected life, a recipe that details all the essential as well as optional ingredients in a life that’s high on connection and low on fear, a life that takes advantage of the massive power of connection.

A special advantage of connection is that it’s free and infinite in supply.  All you have to do to reap the joys and benefits of a connected life is to decide to live one.  In this presentation, I will give you the practical steps you can take to experience the full and marvelous powers of connection.

Just look around you at the people who are happiest, most fulfilled, most energetic and enthusiastic, and you will see, for the most part, these people live lives that are rich in connection.  Wealth, fame, power, influence and the other goals people pursue all pale next to the freely available goal of a connected life.

Best of all, unlike most steps we might take to improve health and well-being, creating a connected life is fun!  Once you get hooked, you’ll never let go.

I’ve been developing my ideas about connection for as long as I’ve been able to think.  Now, at the age of 63, I’m eager to share not only what I’ve learned but what science has proven: connection, the other vitamin C, is the most transformative force for good in all of human existence.


Based upon Dr. Hallowell’s book, CONNECT: 12 VITAL TIES THAT OPEN YOUR HEART, LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE, AND DEEPEN YOUR SOUL, this presentation explores the power and promise of living a connected life.

As Dr. Hallowell sees it, America today is facing a crisis of disconnection. You need look no farther than Littleton, Colorado and the many other similar horrifying acts of violence in the past few years to see the most tragic consequences of disconnection. But even in healthy, normal lives, disconnection is taking its toll. The speed of modern life, the demands of home and the workplace, and the impact of technology all have conspired to disconnect us from each other in subtle but destructive ways. People don’t know their neighbors; indeed, in many places, neighborhoods do not exist people don’t make time for friendships; they even have trouble making time for family members. As one family Physician said during one of Dr. Hallowell’s seminars, “My patients have no supports—ZERO—in their lives. They are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.” Everyone is working hard, but increasingly people are not making time for the connections that really matter.

In this presentation Dr. Hallowell gives some scientific evidence that shows how vitally important connections are. He shows how varied these connections can be—from family to friends to pets, to the workplace, to a hobby, to the world of nature, or the world of beauty, to institutions and organizations, or to the kingdom of God—and how vital they truly are.

Having established with scientific studies the importance of living a connected life—for people of all ages—Dr. Hallowell then explores various ways of setting it up. Is it possible, for example, for two working people with three children to do anything but work, clean house, and give a few minutes to my kids? Yes, it is. But it takes careful planning. It takes commitment, imagination, and involvement with other people who want to do the same.  The good news is that almost everyone wants to do the same; if they can find a way they feel comfortable with. Dr. Hallowell gives many examples of real people doing just this—developing connected lives in today’s disconnected world.

Using real-life examples from people of all walks of life, all socio-economic backgrounds, and diverse geographical regions. Dr. Hallowell will convince you that a connected life not only is worth the sacrifices it might require, but that you can set it up it in your life, and set it up now.

Interested in learning more?  Check out Dr. Hallowell’s Five suggestions for improving Family and Community Connections

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