Whether a neighborhood, a family, or a company, our communities play an important role in our personal and professional lives. Creating a community, maintaining it, and continuing to build it is fundamental to our existence.
But what are the necessary steps in establishing a bond between a group of individuals? What ingredients are needed?
What makes a community?
Related questions: What do we have in common? What are our responsibilities to others? Why do we feel the need to belong? What makes a place feel like home?
Do you know a natural leader? Some people seem to possess authority. What is it that makes a person trustworthy in a crisis, or who makes a good executive, or who can convince others to listen and follow them? What is your role in providing authority to someone else?
Where does authority come from?
Related questions: How important is intuition? What are effective means of persuasion? How do you know who to trust? How are leadership and authority different?
Individuals crave love. Much of our lives are spent pursuing love, either from a mate or from family or friends. There is an entire holiday devoted to the concept.
But why? What is it about love that people find so desirable? Why is love important?
Related questions: What is important? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we feel the need to belong? What do we have in common?
Giving someone gifts, whether it happens to be for a special occasion like a holiday or a birthday, or at a random time for no particular event, is a show of affection and also a show of materialism. Why are these two linked? Why is it necessary to give a thing to someone?
Why do we give gifts?
Related questions: Why do we like to receive gifts? What are our responsibilities to others? Why do we feel the need to belong? How can we maintain wonder?
This time of year in the U.S. is filled with traditions, from a big turkey meal to trimming the tree to making resolutions. These traditions can be small and extremely personal, or common and prevalent throughout the culture. Some are rooted in religious beliefs, some are centered around family, and some are just for fun.
But there is a larger question at work here: does a tradition have to be an annual event? Is it necessarily centered around a holiday? What is the difference between a tradition and a routine?
What makes a tradition?
Related questions: How do you make a tradition? What does it mean to be thankful? Where do shared ideas exist? How are patterns important?