Sometimes, it's good to be alone to enjoy some solitude, or think an issue through...
But a healthy blend in life also says we like to "hang out" with friends, and bounce ideas off of others who care.
A Brigham Young study finds that lack of social contacts is a greater risk to well being and longevity than obesity, physical inactivity, or smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
The United Way just released results from an online study conducted in September 2019, involving 800 British Columbians, which found that almost half of the participants (46 per cent) said they sometimes feel lonely, and more than a third (38 per cent) said they feel isolated from their communities.
OK...So now you know that there is a strong likelyhood that either you, or one of your neighbors (or both) are that guy in the study who might be feeling a bit gloomy, and would welcome some interaction and purpose with other guys.
What to do... Well yea, we could both get together for a haircut once a month.
How long can we discuss impeachment, or global warming, or his arthritis?
What's that, dear?...Oh yea, I DO remember hearing about Men's Shed, and the projects they're building.
I think I'll ask Jim next door if he'd like to go, and check it out with me.
...No, not next week. Yes, yes, tomorrow!
Which all helps to explain the value and popularity of the Men's Shed worldwide movement.
Men's Shed Vernon guys have been meeting for a couple of years now
We're Building stuff like this needed gazebo shelter for another vital local non profit organization.
Stuff to sell locally to help with expenses..
Important cross generational relationships,
...and personal projects like "Lemon Twist" here, that some of us of us would NEVER have tackled on our own.
But the "build" we're most proud of is the relationships with one another, the awareness of good health, and a deeper attachment to our community as a great place to live.
So, grab that guy next door, and come check out Men's Shed Vernon. We'll all be a bit better off once you get here.
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