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Connect: It Makes it all Worthwhile

Oct 12, 2012

by Brom Hoban, TSSA Director of Communications

Socialize. What does it mean? Researchers have told us in the past 10-20 years, that connections with other human beings is one of the most vital aspects of long life and happiness. And being involved in a community is profoundly gratifying. Why is this?

It’s because socializing reinforces one’s sense of worth. And here’s a hidden perk: Studies have shown that the physical health benefits of socializing are equal to physical exercise, even when the social activities involved almost no physical exertion. In these studies, it wasn't physical activity or physical health but feeling worthwhile that was beneficial.

Throughout the year, I exchange e-mails with TSSA members, and talk with them on the phone, but I’m looking forward to seeing many of them in person next week at our annual Convention & Trade Show. It seems that it’s a natural desire to connect.

From a learning standpoint, we now know that human interaction is perhaps one of the most essential elements of education. But there’s more to it than that.

It’s about sharing, being engaged, exchanging stories, and being in the moment together.

So I’ll be looking for you-- whether I see you in a seminar, at the membership luncheon, or at our opening night party, I’m sure it will be a worthwhile experience!

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