Connecting to What Matters In an Increasingly Disconnected World

Welcome to this quarter’s theme of connection. Join us in our exploration of how to use emotions and emotional intelligence to fuel meaningful connections… and support others to do the same

By Michael Miller – September 30th, 2019

Are you connected?

I don’t mean to Wi-Fi, a power source, or even the coveted 5G. I mean:

Do you feel meaningfully and sustainably connected… to yourself… to others… to the natural world… to a bigger purpose?

If your answer is no – or even “Not as much as I’d like to be,” I have some bad news and some good news: You’re not alone. Research shows that people feel less connected than ever, all over the world. This is the great paradox of our time: we’re more connected than ever in a superficial sense, but less connected than ever to what truly matters.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In spite of the obstacles, we can step toward connection. Even small steps toward connection, according to research we’ll share this quarter, have profound effects on our health and wellbeing.

Perhaps even better: Increased connection improves our ability to solve complex problems (which includes the bad news above… as well as all the other big problems I’m sure you’ve noticed).

Using emotional intelligence, we can build a life full of connections that sustain and energize us, that keep us alive longer, and change our brains and bodies – and the world – for the better. We can reverse this crisis of connection, and it starts with each one of us taking these small steps.

Among other topics, we’ll explore the following questions this quarter related to connection:

  • What impact does connection to a bigger purpose have on wellbeing? A recent research study found that people with a clear life purpose were 2.6x less likely to die as those who don’t. We’ll explore this fascinating research and share practical tips to clarify your life’s purpose. 

  • In what ways do the modern environments we live in inhibit meaningful connection? And how can we use emotional intelligence to create the conditions in which people will flourish? We’ll hear from bestselling author Daniel Goleman and researcher Ming Kuo, among others, about some of these pitfalls of modern life and how to overcome them.

  • How can we give ourselves and others permission to feel the full spectrum of emotions, and what would change if we did? Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence shares invaluable insights on being your “full-feeling self” from his new book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

  • At work, what steps can you take to help yourself and others feel more connected? How can you set the context in which self-motivation flourishes for your employees and coworkers? And how can you communicate – even during difficult conversations like giving feedback or firing someone – in a way that increases – trust and connection?

I hope you’ll join us building new connections – inside ourselves and with one another.

Welcome to connection.

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Michael Miller

Writer at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds who lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]

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