Building your social capital is one of the best investments you can make in your life. Multiple studies show that people who live in tight-knit communities are happier and healthier despite whatever challenges they may face.
Of course, it takes effort to build meaningful community in the digital age.
One way to deepen your ties with other people is to remember little things they tell you about their lives and follow up with them later. For example, say you meet a new member of your book club and she mentions that her daughter landed a spot in her high school musical. Next time you see her, ask how the production went and if her daughter enjoyed herself.
With your online friends, pay attention to what they share about their lives and follow up with them later either in a private message or in a face to face conversation.
Not only are you showing that you care, you’re showing the other person that they matter and that’s when true connection happens.