What Does It Mean to Belong?

As human beings, we belong to the species, Homo Sapiens. We live on the planet Earth. We share biological and physical attributes. We breathe to live. We also share the need to belong.

Sometimes this need to belong may take the form of joining a club or a sports team. But what is it about belonging to something that is so important to us?4 girls giving each other piggy back rides

A sense of identity. We all want to feel like we fit in and that we’re not alone in the world. This is your “community.”

Sharing interests. Playing sports, as a member of a team, is an example of belonging to a group where you interact with others who share your interests. Working together towards a common goal also helps you understand what teamwork is all about.

Making friends. Joining a club or organization is a great way to meet people and make new friends. And the social group you form with your friends can make you feel valued and cared for.

Improving your skills. When you join an extra-curricular activity like Spanish club, the debate team, track, band or theater, you have the opportunity to improve your skills and develop new ones.

Helping others. Volunteering and participating in a charity or cause lets you experience the good feelings that come from serving others. It can also make the world a better place.

Belonging can also make you feel connected to others and the world. Belonging can mean being part of something in which you have a voice and can make a difference. Belonging means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?


Do you ever think about what youíre thankful for?