Humans crave connection. In fact, we are wired to connect! This pandemic has certainly taught me the importance of being in a room with people, breathing the same air, feeling the same energy, looking at one another’s eyes, maybe even holding hands or hugging.
Human connection gives us a sense of belonging, which we know builds resilience. We want to feel part of a whole, something bigger than just ourselves.
I'm sure many of us have also learned that we can share a physical space with someone and still not feel connected. But that can change if you want something more.
Kind Mind has built-in daily practices that promote connection to ourselves, to one another, and to the community. The longer we live in this pandemic, the more we need to practice intentional and meaningful human connection.
This week, practice making simple connections with people you come in contact with and notice how you feel.
This week’s practice:
- EYE CONTACT - Make eye contact with people you cross paths with this week - at the store, walking down the street.
- SMILE - Smile when you pass by people, see if they smile back, and notice how their smile makes you feel.
- HUG - Give one good hug every day - I love morning hugs with my kids as a way to start the day with a loving human connection.
In the classroom & at home:
- Start the day by having the students/children make big smiles!
- Invite the students/children to make eye contact with people sitting close to them.
- Offer hugs or high fives to your students as they enter the classroom, or to your children before they jump on the school bus.