How to find (and build) healthy community
Does your [work/friend/church] community have red flags?
Recently a client came to me with news that they would be parting ways with their friend group of 5+ years. Their decision boiled down to one thing: disrespect.
What was even more difficult was coping with the realization that it took 5 years to even spot the red flag.
I'm here to tell you that it is better to be late to the "I'm parting ways with you" party than to stay with a community that's not good for you.
So how do you spot red flags in a community? (By looking for the GREEN flags, of course!)
Here are *5 GREEN FLAGS* to look for in a healthy community:
1. Your values, beliefs and ideologies are respected.
Joining community means we're bound to cross paths with all sorts of people... and inevitably, perspectives. That's a GOOD thing and should be welcomed when it comes to a healthy community.
2. You can talk about the tough stuff and feel heard.
Life is full of tough stuff. A healthy community is one that welcomes the tough stuff with open, loving arms (and ears).
3. You feel instantly better after time together.