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Connect With Someone Important: Lifestyle Practice

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Connect With Someone Important to You Every Day

Simple Instructions:

  • Every day of the week, reach out and connect with someone important in your life.
  • It could be someone you haven’t seen in a while, someone you want to say “thanks” to, or simply someone whose absence you notice.
  • You can use phone, text, email, or any form of communication that suits your style and relationship.

Michael and Andy stopped total strangers on the street to talk to them about this challenge to connect. Watch all the way to 2:45 to see how this conversation changed one man’s mind — and potentially his life.

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Why Is This Practice Important?

For many of us, daily life can seem like a solitary experience. We leave our home and get in our car. We leave our car and sit at our desk. We leave our desk and go back to the car and home again. Even if we get to the gym, it’s likely that you, or everyone else, has headphones on the whole time.

Without a lot of meaningful human contact, it can get to feeling that’s just how life is, that we are mostly alone. But this feeling is really just a consequence of how we’ve designed our day. We are not meant to be alone and we do not have to be.

Relationships are important, and they do take work. Like anything dynamic and alive, they need to be nurtured and cared for if you want them to flourish. Taking time out, even for five minutes, to let the meaningful people in your life know you’re thinking about them can be the important difference between relationships surviving and thriving.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.