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Rebuilding Families and Communities

February 9, 2011

I received my first issue of Yes! magazine today. The Winter 2011 issue is about families. The letter from the editor, Sarah Van Gelder, states many of the same numbers I have used on this blog as to unemployment, household wealth, and retirement savings affected by the Great Recession. Here is a peak:

Unemployed workers are averaging six months without work, nearly double the average for any time since World War II. Median household wealth has decreased by 20 percent since 2007. Retirement saving have evaporated, and Social Security is under attack.

Whether out of wisdom or necessity, nearly two-thirds of households have cut their spending since the beginning of the Great Recession. The research is clear on this: It’s not more spending, it’s the richness of our relationships that is key to our well-being.

Bingo! The Path to Well-Being is all about awareness and helping others know how they can create a life through abundance of purpose. That does not happen in a void. As Ms van Gelder states, ” People are looking for ways to rebuild family and community support networks that have been lost in our fragmented society.”

She concludes with the same sentiment that is stated at the top of my blog: ” Families – and the communities that support them… accept us as we are, warts, unemployment, feuds, and all. As we turn to each other to give and receive support, we discover strengths we might not otherwise know we had.”

I look forward to sharing new information from this great source. Consider stopping by their web site at YesMagazine.com

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