Joining a Group is HEALTHY
I just heard a statistic that solitude is as dangerous to your health as smoking.
That being said, as a society we have stopped joining. Fewer of us are members of ... anything.
I am a member of St John Lutheran Church, the Thursday Noon Optimists, Forward Janesville, my neighborhood, the "Boy Scout Parents" and "the Sisterhood", the United Arts Alliance and SpotLight On Kids, and the Scrapbook Cult.
O.K. So a few of those are my friendship circles that I've found a name for, but I'm a part of them. A member. One of the group.
Some of my groups require more involvement than others, and in some I'm a "fringe" member.
All of them are ways I define myself and all include different friends, although they do sometimes "mix".
I'd like to encourage you to join in, and join something.
Even more important if you have more solitude at home.
Do you have ideas of groups to join?
Becky Weber-Johnson lives in Janesville with her husband, Tim, and without their children who are away at college. She is an account executive at WCLO/WJVL and is the Saturday morning host on WCLO. She volunteers at her church, with the Optimist club and SpotLight On Kids. Becky is a community blogger and her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.