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Thursday, August 1 • 1:15pm - 2:05pm
The Biology of Belonging: Why We’re Wired to Connect

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Humans are social animals with a biological need to belong. Throughout our history, being part of a group increased our chances for surviving and those who were separated from their group often suffered severe consequences. In our increasingly isolated world, it is more important than ever for people to feel socially connected. Social connectedness isn’t about being popular, or having a zillion friends. Although relationships with other individuals is important, research shows that it’s belonging to groups that is most important for our health. Social connectedness is crucial to improving positive physical and mental health and well-being. Studies show that a lack of social connection is actually worse for your health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. On the other hand, strong social connection strengthens our immune system, lowers anxiety and depression, and even helps us live longer. Additionally, people who feel connected are more empathetic, trusting, and cooperative. Isn’t this the climate we want in our schools and community? So how do we create a greater sense of belonging and connection? In this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will learn about the biology of belonging, as well as strategies and structures for building belonging and cultivating connection in the classroom, at home, and in the community.


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:15pm - 2:05pm

Attendees (27)