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The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides

Belonging is fundamental to living a happy life, yet one in five Americans suffers from chronic loneliness. Did you know that even adults with children experience the most loneliness? Research shows that people who feel a sense of belonging are overall healthier and have a better quality of life.

This book provides science-backed methods for fostering belonging with and for those around you. Especially powerful for parents and caregivers, the author shares that connection between a child and the adults in their life establishes a strong base for addressing life’s challenges. Use the techniques in this book as a source of inspiration and understanding about humans’ critical need to belong.

Author: Geoffrey L. Cohen
Year of Publishing: 2022
Number of Pages: 448

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  1. pauljohnsonbend (verified owner)

    Thankful this book is available, such an important message for all of us.

  2. Danielle Stolk (verified owner)

    So relevant. Human connection and “belonging” are so important to our well-being.

  3. allison verdries (verified owner)

    Great addition to collection. Great for parents and in school.

  4. Tamara Walchak (verified owner)

    Informative book with a great message to remind us how connection is powerful to our survival.

  5. Elizabeth Otten (verified owner)

    So thankful to add this to my collection of books

  6. Elizabeth Otten (verified owner)

    Great information on connecting and belonging in a world of disconnect

  7. brookedjackson (verified owner)

    This book is fairly long and dense, but it’s written with a really great tone that makes it easier to read. Lots of important references (well researched) too!

  8. breanna stoutenburgh (verified owner)

    I really appreciated the section on attunement. p.325-328

  9. Mari Stout (verified owner)

    Encouraging and practical read to help us all build the community at work, school, and in our neighborhood.

  10. Mari Stout (verified owner)

    I love evidence backed techniques even more when the same strategies for the workplace community apply to my own neighborhood!

  11. mingomom (verified owner)

    This book took me two days to read, I just couldn’t put it down. I’d recommend it to everyone! Such an important message.

  12. Anne Bernard (verified owner)

    I am so glad to add this to my bookshelf. Belonging should be the core value of every organization.

  13. Jess_Note (verified owner)

    Interesting chapter on belonging in school.

  14. Tay Mcedwards (verified owner)

    Great addition to collection with an important message.

  15. german (verified owner)

    Wow this is such a great book. I’m grateful that it is available as part of this collection. I’m excited to share it with friends especially mothers, family, and coworkers.

  16. vireogirl (verified owner)

    Packed full of interesting studies related to belonging. I was particularly interested in the idea of value affirmation helping people feel like they belong and making space for others to belong.

  17. [email protected] (verified owner)

    Cohen one of my favorites….belonging and health Chapter 11 was a very informative.

  18. Jessica Evans (verified owner)

    This book was insightful about why we need to belong as humans. It also provides perspectives that I was unaware of. Worth the read!

  19. Kyramo (verified owner)

    Decent read, has definitely good messages.

  20. Ashley Johnson (verified owner)

    so needed for today’s times.

  21. Savanna Rilatos (verified owner)

    The message is so important! Belonging is essential for everyone.

  22. Firechild94 (verified owner)

    This book is very well written and well researched. I really enjoyed the tone that was set and the important message it gave.

  23. Lindsay (verified owner)

    Great book.

  24. jan (verified owner)

    Such a great resource

  25. kelli.conraads (verified owner)

    Interesting read, especially if you are a leader. Shows the importance of connection and why the feeling of belonging is so needed.

  26. Chloe Lundabolt (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful book with an important message. I was pleasantly surprised by the cover as it is different from what’s shown on the website, but I actually prefer it!

  27. Angela Graves (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful book about the power of connection and a sense of belonging. Great for rural building.

  28. Dana Goodale (verified owner)

    This was a great read and important reminder for everyone. Glad I chose it.

  29. Firechild94 (verified owner)

    This books is great. It shows how humans need a sense of belonging in their crazy world.

  30. Hilary Mankofsky (verified owner)

    This is a powerful book about a really important concept, belonging. Although so many Americans are lonely, there are small and simple steps we can all do to foster a culture of belonging in all of the places that we are a part of in our community. Recommend this book!

  31. sueone (verified owner)

    Great information.

  32. mvehapi (verified owner)

    A great resource for our communities and the world.

  33. drutledgekfalls (verified owner)

    “Belonging” has been very enlightening, especially from my perspective in a community that is polarized, yet very closed-minded. A great read for anybody, but especially for community builders.

  34. nunnj (verified owner)

    Such an important message about building connections and community around you! Loved it!

  35. Sarah Swanson (verified owner)

    Amazing book with great insight, absolutely essential reading for those living a life thinking “it was fine for me, they’ll turn out alright.”

  36. Kelsey Taylor (verified owner)

    Such important information for everyone to know!

  37. nonirose (verified owner)

    Cohen points out a nicer wave to live – kindness, manners, and listening more to begin to belong more. However, it doesn’t seem like a book about belonging, it’s more about highlighting differences and saying to go back to basics is not practical advise.

  38. RobynW (verified owner)

    Interesting, well-written, mostly sharing examples of how common sense has been backed up by research over the years. A little off-putting how often the author referenced old research and prefaced it by saying that the study could never be done today because it was deeply unethical and impacted children, but the study was performed by someone he had known well for decades and supported his thesis, so he was sharing it anyway.

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