Are you connected in the “right” ways?
A client told me recently that she had a phone in every room but wasn’t sure how to turn the ringers off.

That could be a metaphor for our society.

We sometimes feel we have to be available to people in our lives all the time.  There doesn’t seem to be a way to turn off this function.

Being available and receptive to others can be healthy.  According to Dan Buettner, the author “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer” (http://bluezones.com), the happiest people in the world spend at least 6-7 hours each day socializing face-to-face with other people (including working time!)

Face-to-face are the operative words.  All forms of social media and the phone are fine, but it turns out there really is no substitute for in-person communication.

When you’re with a friend, you produce more of the neurotransmitter serotonin, creating feelings of well-being and combating stress and depression.

On the other hand, it’s not good for your health never to take time just for yourself, to be quiet, to regenerate.  Or as I said in last week’s column to ‘re-create’ yourself.

So are you connected in the ‘right’ ways?

Can you turn off all electronic media for a little while each day?
Can you make face-to-face time for your friends?
Can you make time for yourself to sit and be quiet?
May you all connect to your path–and your people–with passion, purpose, power and peace!

Best wishes,

Elizabeth