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A Culture of Connection

I was validated to read this crucial article calling attention to our society’s ‘epidemic of loneliness and isolation.’ While I can sometimes struggle to clearly articulate what Rooted Sonshine aims to accomplish within and for society, in this article, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy so eloquently defines the need that Rooted Sonshine was created to meet. 


We remember how difficult it was in the midst of the pandemic. When we were isolated. No happy hours. No birthday parties. Not even grocery shopping or carpool lane. We were cut off entirely. Many of us struggled. Some of us haven’t recovered. 

Research [shows] . . . loneliness and isolation are linked to sleep problems, inflammation and immune changes. . . pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety and shorter life span . . . [potentially] risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, addiction, suicidality and self-harm, and dementia,” the article says.

Isolation from the pandemic had a real and grave impact on our nation’s health. It was perhaps the first time some of us realized that “[s]ocial connection is as essential to humanity as food, water or shelter. . .” But this loneliness epidemic has been slowly eroding society long before 2020. Many of the incredible tools we have for convenience, time saving, or even connection itself have negatively impacted our access to closeness and togetherness. Most of us no longer have to spend hours working together in the kitchen because we have convenient foods and appliances. Most of us no longer strike up a conversation at the bus stop or on an airplane because we have devices. 

“Humans have historically needed . . . each other for survival, and modern people remain wired for that connection . . . ” We are still wired for fellowship, but because of all these fantastic modern conveniences, we opt for at home delivery, driving separately, and scheduling online which reduces our opportunities to cultivate our innate need for connection. 

The framework has six pillars. 

Rooted Sonshine has the expertise, skills, and desire to support each: 

1) “strengthening [the] social infrastructure in communities”

2) ‘pro-connection public policies’;

3) “increased investment in educating health care providers about the physical and mental benefits of social connection and the risks of disconnection”;

4) “reforming digital environments”;

5) “deepening knowledge”;

6) “urges a culture of connection in which Americans ‘cultivate values of kindness, respect, service, and commitment to one another.’

Rooted Sonshine is dedicated to building strong and vibrant communities by bringing people together and fostering meaningful relationships. We believe a welcoming and inclusive environment creates a sense of belonging that supports everyone in achieving best results toward their group and individual goals. Our mission is to promote social interaction, intercultural communication, intellectual stimulation, and practical collaboration that strengthens human connection. Through our programs, events, and initiatives, we aim to cultivate confidence and bolster productivity that is rooted in mutual respect, understanding, and shared values. We believe that every small act of human kindness should be celebrated as the potential to be influential and invaluable.

Whether promoting volunteerism or equity, Rooted Sonshine is enthusiastic about bringing people together. 

Whether analyzing policies or technology, Rooted Sonshine is focused on local solutions.  

Whether sharing research or education, Rooted Sonshine is dedicated to expanding knowledge.  

"We are called to build a movement to mend the social fabric of our nation. It will take all of us -- individuals and families, schools and workplaces, health care and public health systems, technology companies, governments, faith organizations, and communities -- working together  . . . ," Dr. Vivek Murthy said. 

“. . . [S]pecific groups -- including governments, health organizations, schools, workplaces and individuals -- can help advance social connection.”

“. . . [F]amilies can model healthy connection by spending time together. . . encourage individual friendships and group activities. . .”

“Regularly practicing service and gratitude can encourage others to do the same.”

“The final pillar urges a culture of connection in which Americans ‘cultivate values of kindness, respect, service, and commitment to one another.’ Everyone can use their voice to emphasize these values and model healthy connections, Murthy says, and the nation's institutions should invest in demonstrating them.”

Rooted Sonshine is here for the movement. Rooted Sonshine is prepared to turn these nebulous ideas into practice. Rooted Sonshine is demonstrating a culture of connection. 

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