Combatting the Negative Effects of Isolation

Today, we may count a high number of Facebook friends or Twitter followers, but when it comes right down to it, we’ve got no one to go bowling with us.

We suggest reading the book “Bowling Alone” by Robert D. Putnam (Putnam, 2000). In it, Professor Putnam statistically shows how we, as a society, “have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures– and how we may reconnect.” He warns that our stock of “social capital” or the very fabric of our connections with each other, has plummeted, impoverishing our lives and communities. He also points to ways we can revive our American Culture.

For example, did you know that joining and participating in one group activity cuts in half your odds of dying next year?  That’s where our Sojourn community comes in.

Loneliness is not an option at Sojourn. No matter how grey or drizzly or cold it is outside, it is always sunny and warm at Sojourn; nobody is alone.

Some people wonder if it’s worth getting up on a chilly morning to take the bus to Sojourn. Something to consider: If your doctor handed you a pill and said it could lower your stress, lower your risk for disease, lower your blood pressure, combat infection, stabilize sleep patterns, improve your attention, and improve your logical and verbal reasoning… would you take it?  Of course you would! And that’s the proven effect of choosing to participate in groups in an active community like Sojourn.

No, we’re not saying Sojourn takes the place of your medicine. We are suggesting that participating in groups at Sojourn has health benefits that extend beyond the unconditional love and acceptance and creative engagement participants enjoy each day.

Sojourn group participation has been so successful, we’re proud to announce we’ve increased our licensed capacity to 50 participants each day so nobody is left out.

Come check out our uplifting groups and refuse those negative effects of isolation!

To access data from Professor Putnam’s book:

HARVARD Kennedy School link to “The Saguaro Seminar; Civic Engagement in America”