Pathways to Wellness

conversation • connection • commitment


In order to survive, humans needed to band together to protect themselves from prey and hunt large animals for food and clothing. Sharing the bounty of the hunt among many families ensured everyone’s survival. Although modern living brings different demands and challenges, the importance of social connections – the give and take of relationships – remains an important part of all cultures.  

In fact social relationships are so important to our survival that our brains are wired to detect when we have become too disconnected from others and to send out a signal to reconnect. This signal is called loneliness.

Being connected to others is essential to our survival – both as individuals and as cultures. We are happier and healthier when we are connected, and we live longer too. In fact, loneliness and social isolation can be as harmful to your health as smoking and more harmful than inactivity or obesity.

We build social connections through work and play. Check out this video of the Gwitch’in dancers performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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