Connect: The Other Vitamin C
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. Furthermore, we’re disengaging 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. 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.
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 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.
If you’re feeling lonely, depressed or suffering from social isolation, find out how the Hallowell Centers can help you here.
Suffering from social isolation from “sheltering-at-home?” Read my blog post on “How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World.”
That last raise may be fattening your bank account, but it did nothing for your soul. The talk you had with your boss about your kids’ schools, however, did. Although our culture is focused on achievement, it is not our accomplishments that sustain us. It is the connections we make along the way.
What are these connections?
They are the feelings of being part of something that matters, something larger than ourselves; whether it is a friendship, marriage, team, company, or even a set of ideals. They can enrich your life, and their absence can shorten it. Furthermore, they are the key to what counts in life, and they are becoming harder and harder to make.
Now a noted psychiatrist outlines the steps we can take to make or reaffirm the connections that nourish the hungry heart. Through his own life experiences and those who have shared their stories with him, we learn of the great joy and peace that come from connecting, and the consequences of remaining detached. And we learn how to nurture that part of us which is so often neglected, and so very crucial to our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being — our connections.
Dr. Hallowell offers a variety of presentations on Connect. Learn more HERE.
One Thanksgiving when I was living in London, I felt weirdly isolated, an American with no family to celebrate with. But that feeling of being disconnected from the people I wished I were with taught me about meaningful connections. Read more HERE.
If you’re suffering from social isolation, depression or anxiety, seeing a mental health professional is the first step to recovery. The Hallowell Centers offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help evaluate and understand your specific needs. Click HERE to find a Hallowell Center near you.