Expert Opinion: Why You Need to Belong

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

Community is important, because when we’re in community, we belong. Author and professor Brene Brown says that when belonging is absent there is always suffering.

In an interview for Huffington Post she says this about community:

“Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and belonging is in our DNA. And so “tribe” and “belonging” are irreducible needs, like love.

Author and blogger Elizabeth Young says this about the benefits of finding your tribe:

“Belonging brings connection. When you find yourself in your Tribe you feel connected. You identify with one another, which fuses connection.

Belonging brings passion. Passion comes from a deep desire to share our gifts, our creations, our Truths with one another. Our Tribe is filled with people who see our gifts. Often times we are passionate about the same things, which fuels our passion. We light each other’s fire. When one person loses his or her way the group lifts them.

Belonging brings confidence allowing you to take risks out in the world. When we have a tribal energy behind us we can go out and live for real. We take risks knowing that it’s okay to fail because it is only a part of what we do and certainly not who we are.

Belonging brings direction. When we belong to something greater than ourselves we have clear direction and purpose. Even though it may be a direction for a particular part of our life it seeps into all areas of living. Belonging to a Tribe we learn how to move forward, evaluating circumstances while combining various perspectives. The skills we develop in our Tribe are invaluable and can be used in all areas of our life.”



Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.