A person is a person through other persons. None of us comes into the world fully formed. We would not know how to think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we learned it from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are. A person is entitled to a stable community life, and the first of these communities is the family.
— Desmond Tutu
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What has community got to do with health?

Whilst food and exercise are seen as essential components of building a healthy lifestyle, an often over looked area of building health and wellbeing are the people we surround ourselves with. It's in these social settings that we're given the opportunity to build relationships, find support and be encouraged, challenged and built up. 

Tips to help you build community

Prioritise family Try and find a regular time to catch up with members of your family. Monthly dinners, Christmas in July or Birthday dinners are a great opportunity to cultivate the relationship with those closest to us. 

Take a self-assessment Look at yourself and what you're trying to create with your life. When you develop clarity on where you are, who you are and what you value, it makes the process of finding people to help cultivate that desires within you a lot easier.

Lose the haters If you leave your current group of friends feeling let down and uninspired about life, it could be time to say goodbye to that friendship group. There are more than enough people out there who can build you up and encourage you to waste your time with people who leave you questioning your worth. 

The benefit of different opinions It's in a community that our ideas and beliefs are refined. We are exposed to ideas we agree and disagree with and are forced to question what we believe and why.