This GenWell Weekend, make your pledge to get connected with one more person that you’ve been meaning to
The next GenWell Weekend is May 2 and 3 and people are encouraged to connect with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to make the world a happier and healthier place
TORONTO –The past few weeks have served as a stark reminder for many of us about the importance of human connection in our lives. The global pandemic has taken away chats at the office water cooler with colleagues, grabbing coffee with a friend or having neighbors over for dinner.Simple things that were, until recently, so easily taken for granted. The GenWell Project, the Human Connection Movement, wants to remind us all to stay connected virtually and think about the impact we can have on others with its Just One More campaign.
Held twice a year, GenWell Weekends serve as a catalyst that encourages people to connect with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues, face-to-face. Just One More is the theme for the upcoming GenWell Weekend on May 2 and 3, where we will encourage people to think of one extra person, group or team that they can reach out to, virtually, that would benefit from the connection.
“When we founded The GenWell Project four years ago, we did so with the simple goal of encouraging people to form ongoing connection habits to help make the world a happier and healthier place, while reminding everyone about the importance of face-to-face social connection,” said Pete Bombaci, founder of The GenWell Project. “While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to connect with one another, face-to-face and in-person, it has also presented all of us with an opportunity. It has reminded us of the importance of human connection and unexpectedly provided people with the permission, excuse and purpose to reach out to people virtually, whom we may have been hesitant to reach out to before.”
*** Pete Bombaci, founder of The GenWell Project is an expert on the subjects of human connection and the dangers of social isolation and loneliness. He is available for live or
recorded interviews and comments. ***
Face-to-face human connection is one of the best things a person can do for their mental and physical health, as it has been proven to help reduce anxiety and depression, strengthen the immune system, can make you live longer and is one of the largest indicators of happiness in your life. People have an inherent need to connect, but in these challenging times it is also important to realize the opportunity to supplement our human interactions through virtual technology. The newfound lack of human connection has led to an increase in the use of video conferencing and videotelephony services and platforms both professionally and personally – reinforcing that whether it is in-person or virtual, people are drawn to face-to-face connection.
With people more open to virtual connection and feeling more empowered to do so, this GenWell Weekend will be unlike any of the previous eight, as we are encouraging participants to pledge to get connected virtually. So instead of planning an in-person BBQ with friends, coffee with a colleague, boardgames with family or afternoon social with the neighbours, make plans to do these virtually! Some other tips to make your GenWell Weekend a success include:
- Find an appropriate platform for connecting – FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc. – familiarize yourself with it to make connection time seamless and easy.
- Talk to friends or search online for new and creative ways to connect (ie: virtual dinner party, virtual game night, teaching lessons or skills, etc.) to connect on May 2 and 3.
- Make a point of setting aside some time on May 2 and 3 to connect with a friend, neighbor, family member or colleague while physical distancing.
- Visit www.genwellproject.organd “pledge to get connected”on May 2 and 3.
- Use this as the excuse to connect with someone you haven’t connected with in a while – they are likely in the same situation as you and would appreciate hearing from you.
- Identify Just One Moreperson or group on GenWell Weekend that you think would really benefit from that connection.
Together we can make the world a happier and healthier place one virtual conversation at a time. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.
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About The GenWell Project.
Founded in 2016, The GenWell Project is a human connection movementwhose mission is to make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people about the importance of face-to-face social connection and inspiring them to take action and create healthy connection habits ongoing. Join the movement, bring your community together, become a generator of great conversations and connections in your life and in the lives of others.www.GenWellProject.org