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On the importance of sharing and relating - Opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.

In his book Lost Connections, Johann Hari talks about his decades of work in the fields of trauma and mental health and why he believes that the root of almost everything we suffer through is a severed connection we never figured out how to repair.

Connection is so important, but it is so often overlooked and there are few resources available to teach people how to foster real connection in their lives. But there are a few essential ideas that can help.

Understand What Connection Is

Connection is the experience of oneness. It’s having shared experiences, relatable feelings, or similar ideas. It is the feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself.

Learn How to Connect With Others Authentically

Authenticity is required for connection. The internet and social media increase our ability to be inauthentic. They allow us to gloat, edit, filter, and post a highlight reel. In this, we breech connection.

Focus on Giving Connection, Not Receiving It

In the process of restoring a connection with others, we can realize that we actually create a connection with ourselves.

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