CHAD MORRIS, Ph.D., Director
Where I live, spring arrives in fits and starts. In our neighborhood, we begin slowly emerging from our houses to the growing hum of yard activity. As the spring rains wash away the last remnant of winter, I impatiently await outdoor activity. With the planting season, my inner social imperative shifts into high gear. While I can contently spend days alone, the strengthening sun presents new opportunities to be out and about, to be in community. Throughout my own journey, I have learned that I am more whole when I work to grow healthy relationships. Not content just to be around others, I want to know others. This season, just as I prepare the garden beds, I will work to weed out daily anxieties and my ongoing “to-do” list to build bridges with others and to be present. This shared experience is critical to my health, and in turn, allows me to help others to be healthy.
Increasingly, researchers, healthcare providers, and city planners, among others, focus on the therapeutic power of belonging. There is a growing awareness about the negative impact of isolation and an epidemic of loneliness. Meaningful connection is key. It is the bedrock of well-being. I and our team welcome working with all of you to sow seeds of social wellness.