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A friend from New Zealand recently sent me a famous Maori proverb (Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand):

He aha te mea nui?
He tangata
He tangata
He tangata

What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people.

There is nothing more important than our connections to other people.  Rarely do we feel happier, safer, calmer, more hopeful and more positive about life than when we experience connections with others.  Unfortunately, we as individuals are more isolated now than we have ever been.

What can we do about this?  We can start by actively looking for opportunities to connect with others in our day to day lives.

How do we do this?  Just start connecting with people whenever you can. You can start with your immediate surroundings, your family and friends. Call your grandma and tell her you love her.  Then start branching out.  Bake something for your neighbor. Smile at strangers. Do a random act of kindness.

Connecting to others is why we are here. If we simply become more pro-active about increasing our connections and strengthening those we already have, we will all be happier people.

Random Acts of Kindness: Visit “Random Acts of Kindness” under tags to write about a random act of kindness.

Sidewalk Support: If interested, write a hopeful message in sidewalk chalk, take a picture, and send it to me and I will post it to the site. 

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