Belonging is essential to fulfillment and mental health, as it provides a sense of purpose and connectedness to a community or social group. Feeling part of something larger than oneself fosters a support network that can contribute to emotional well-being and resilience in times of stress.
The absence of belonging may lead to feelings of isolation and negatively impact mental health, highlighting the profound significance of social connections in overall life satisfaction.
One of the biggest surprises in this research was learning that fitting in and belonging are not the same thing. In fact, fitting in is one of the greatest barriers to belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be in order to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.
Engaging Courses through Orono Community Ed
Taking a Community Education course is a great way to try new things, learn new skills, and enjoy camaraderie with community members. This is a great chance to meet others across a broad range of interests: cooking, creative arts, fitness, health, hobbies, etc.