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Support Systems of the Human Kind

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Who is your support system?

Most people view a support system as a network of people you surround yourself with. These would consist of people who are there for you when times are hard, so they should be people you can talk to, be open with, express yourself freely to, and ask for guidance and support.  Support groups are also mutual, so while you are getting help from others you can also provide help.  This can allow you to gain insight into your problems and it can give you knowledge that you are contributing to the well-being of another person.

But what if you don’t have a group of people like that?  If I had to guess, I would say that most people don’t.  I think this is especially true when speaking about having people physically available to you, because our virtual connections have encroached into our lives in every way.  So, let’s explore some thoughts about support groups and maybe this can help you find a support network where you didn’t think one was available.

If you have family and friends who you are comfortable sharing with, then you already have a support system.  The word “system” indicates that you want more than one person in this network.  Assumably, being a support for someone can be overwhelming if you are the only one doing it, and maybe that person isn’t available at a critical time you need them.  That would be a time when you need an alternative person, or people, to contact.  If you are lucky enough to have a group around you then it could benefit you to tell them that you are on a new quest to find happiness in your life, and you would like to know if you can talk with them about issues along the way.  Or maybe you already have the kind of relationship with them that allows you to call them anytime you need to.  I hope this is your situation and if it is, you are blessed.

For the rest of the world, it may be necessary to find and build support systems. 

First let’s talk about the humankind.

There are support groups for just about everything.  Do you think there’s a support group for finding happiness?  Sort of.  You can find groups to help you with specific situations, such as specific illnesses or addictions.  There are support groups for specific segments of the population, such as women, abused people, and veterans.  And there are support groups to help you further a task like school study groups or Bible study groups. 

Many people find support from faith-based groups.  There are also groups for seniors, singles, single parents, and the list goes on and on.

You can consider joining any group of people that have similar interests as you, and then forming supportive relationships that can lead to a support system.

There are also many social groups available via online forums.  You can look at Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, or other sources to find groups who have similar interests as you to join.    Just type a search such as “support group for (fill in the blank)” and see what you can find.  If you don’t have any luck, please reach out to us and let us help.

There is a Facebook page for Your Path to Happy, and you might find others there who are on a quest for happiness and can offer suggestions, thoughts, support, or insight for your path as well. 

Here are some additional articles about support groups that you might find helpful:

The Importance of Having a Support System – Mental Health First Aid

Developing Your Support System – University at Buffalo School of Social Work – University at Buffalo

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