Blue Zones Power 9: Belong
“Participating in a faith-based community can add up to 14 years to your life,” according to the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth.
Whatever your belief system, whether you still feel comfortable in a church you grew up in or your belief has changed and been remodeled throughout your life, belonging to some type of community of folks with similar beliefs can really benefit your life in the long run.
Need tips on finding a place to belong?
1. Ask like minded friends.
If you start participating in a community where you already have friends, it'll be much easier to create and maintain the new routine.
2. Just moved? Try google. Research the different organizations in your new area until you find one that resonates with you.
3. Social Media. While in-person participation is always best, if for some reason you have a hard time plugging into a local community, a virtual one can be a positive, supportive experience - and you may even discover more like-minded locals than you expected and create an offline community!
4. In a mixed-faith relationship? Look at it as an opportunity to learn more about each other! Create an arrangement that works for both partners. Perhaps alternate attending each other’s services - and remember to create a plan for holidays ahead of time as well. If attending each other’s services is not desirable to both partners, perhaps a coffee date to reconnect after separate services may be in order.
5. Volunteer! Volunteering is a great place to meet people who may be able to help you find your perfect community. Choosing causes you’re passionate about can help you find a community of people who will help you feel that you belong.