Grow Connected and Thrive–30 Ways

The touch of another personís hand, a salty breeze coming off the ocean, the sharp dialogue you create for your novel: if we are not connected to other people, to nature, to our own creative self, to our community, to our work, and to our family and friends, our heart grows cold, our thoughts turn bleak, and our mood darkens. Use the following 30 suggestions to foster new connections and reap the rewards of relating!

Generations–Grow connected through shared human history.

Value–Grow connected by valuing connection.

Heart–Grow connected through love.

Universal–Grow connected to the universe metaphysically.

Willing–Grow connected by choosing connection.

Self–Grow connected through self-relationship.

Friendship–Grow connected through friendship.

Community–Grow connected by embracing community.

Labor–Grow connected at work.

Family–Grow connected with family.

Closer–Grow connected through intimacy.

Memory–Grow connected by remembering.

Hearth–Grow connected in your own home.

Place–Grow connected to a place you love.

Earth–Grow connected to the earth.

Festive–Grow connected by celebrating.

Create–Grow connected with your muse.

Happy–Grow connected through joyfulness.

Body–Grow connected to your body.

Children–Grow connected where children play.

Repair–Grow connected by making repairs.

Seamless–Grow connected through right thinking.

Neighborly–Grow connected with your neighbors.

Passion–Grow connected through your passion.

Network–Grow connected by networking.

Plan–Grow connected by having a plan.

Leisure–Grow connected in your free time.

Teamwork–Grow connected through teamwork.

Sharing–Grow connected by sharing your life.

Today–Grow connected today.

Adapted from Everyday You, by Eric Maisel (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Eric Maisel. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Everyday You, by Eric Maisel (Conari Press, 2007).


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks so much for this great article, it was so interesting.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Abbey M.
Abbey McClain5 years ago

No marriage is perfect & seeing my parents marriage succeed despite the problems gave me the backbone to stay in mine. We don't have the same issues my parents had but it doesn't mean our marriage is easy. I'm grateful to have learned the do's & don't's from my parents; I give him room to be himself & vice versa. The greatest thing I can do in this life is love & be loved. I want to look back and be proud of how far we've come together, but I can't do it alone. I need a witness. I choose my husband to be my witness.

Harsha Vardhana R
Harsha V5 years ago

Inspiring. Thank you!

Judy A.
Judy A5 years ago

okay, thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Love doesn't exist.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago


Kath R.
Kath P6 years ago

Beautiful, positive suggestions...thanks.

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago


KS Goh
KS G6 years ago

Thanks for the article.