Why it is important
A sense of belonging appears to be a basic human need. When individuals are accepted, welcomed, or included it leads those individuals to feel positive emotions such as happiness, elation, calm, and satisfaction. A culture of compassionate love can increase mood, quality of life and satisfaction. A sense of belonging can increase personal achievement and performance in the workplace or in education. A sense of connectedness can release Endorphins which can create the sensation of euphoria and relief from pain. People who are loved during life die satisfied. When individuals are rejected or excluded, they feel strong negative emotions such as anxiety, jealousy, depression, and grief. The psychological pain caused by social rejection is so intense that it involves the same brain regions involved in the experience of physical pain. Reduced sense of belonging has been linked to decreased personal achievements in groups. People who lack belongingness are more prone to behavioral problems such as criminality and suicide, and suffer from increasing mental and physical illness.
|I involve myself in communities where I feel welcome.|
|I accept others for who they are.|
|I do my best to be a loving person.|
|I don't pretend to be someone I am not.|
|I always want to learn more about myself.|
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