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20 Little Things: Social


Summary: Spiritual

Well, there’s not much to say this week. While making spiritual improvements has changed the way I live my life – it’s been in subtle gains that might be hard for others to see. I’m sleeping better at night (helped I’m sure by not only my physical changes from two weeks ago, but also by my meditation) and I feel a little bit brighter about everything. I did some volunteer work this weekend, and while that was not a spiritual goal, I think it certainly improved my spiritual health. There are plenty of opportunities to do good around the holiday season, so talk to your local Salvation Army, church, school, or homeless shelter to see what you can do for others!

In specific reference to my goals, I found that I preferred mindfulness meditation. This is one of the more popular ways to meditate; Psychology Today offers an extremely helpful resource for a beginner such as myself. I’ve been keeping up with my new church and I did manage to shake some of the dust off of my devotional this week. Although, readers, my favorite part of this week was actually confronting myself with areas of incongruence in my own life.  I feel like this helped me notice what I needed to change to make myself a better person which made finding this week’s goals super easy to find.

Social wellness might seem like a no-brainer for many of us, but it’s actually a fairly complex idea. It’s not just about how many friends you have or how many retweets you get. The quality of your interactions matter much more than quantity. It also asks the question: Do you enjoy the time you’re spending with others? This is the main question I considered when forming my goals for this week.

My five goals this week for Social Wellness are:

1.      Less “social” media

2.      More letter writing

3.      More phone calls

4.      Establishing my blossoming social groups

5.      Starting a new conversation daily

How am I feeling right now?
I’m feeling pretty okay about my social wellness, but I’m not feeling good about it. I know that I take the easy way out – avoid eye contact before class so I don’t have to strike up small talk, text a friend instead of calling, blame my lack of contact on my schedule instead of owning up to my own laziness. I’m going to change that though! I’m going to start making my interactions with people count. I’m going to make them more personal, more meaningful, and generally speaking, more fabulous.

As my journey is coming to a close, I’m feeling great. I’m so curious though, dear readers, how are your journeys going? Please let me know and good luck!

About the Author

F. Lee

F is a graduate student who enjoys knitting, baking, theatre, The Boston Red Sox, being sassy, and roller derby. She is pursuing a career in mental healthcare and hopes to help and advocate for the LGBT community.

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