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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

February 15, 2024

The focus for today is:

I choose to enhance my sense of connection to others.The Conversation

Today's inspiration was written by Dave Smallen:

Feeling well connected to others contributes to mental health, meaning in life, and even physical well-being. When loneliness or isolation becomes chronic, human brains and bodies suffer, straining a person’s long-term well-being at least as significantly as major health risks such as obesity and air pollution.

Attempts at connection can be complicated by two people’s individual perceptions and preferences. Each person has different preferences for ways of connecting that more reliably help them to feel bonded. Some people love to talk about their feelings. Others may open up only with those they deeply trust, but love to connect more widely through humor.

Gaining insight into various ways of connection may allow you to practice new ways to engage with others. It may also help you simply pay attention to where these moments already exist in daily life: Savoring moments when you feel close to others – or even just recalling such events – can enhance that sense of connection.The Conversation

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     4 Ways To Find Moments Of Connection With Loved Ones And Strangers
     Written by Dave Smallen.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of connecting authentically with others (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
If you're feeling unloved, or neglected, the remedy is usually to "practice what you seek". Love more, connect more, pay more attention to others... This will increase your feelings of connection as the Universe works in reciprocity. 

Our focus for today: I choose to enhance my sense of connection to others.

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About The Author

Dave Smallen, Community Faculty in Psychology, Metropolitan State University

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