Session Four

Thriving, healthy communities are often characterized by the presence of jobs, affordable housing opportunities, connections to regional transportation systems, quality education, and availability of health care services. In addition, research by the Greater Good Science Center found that “people tend to be healthier when they feel connected to their life’s purpose, each other, and the natural world, and when they are being generous.” These conditions contribute to the overall well-being of communities and improve human health. In their absence, chronic disease, feelings of unsafety, and economic instability are prevalent.

So how do we foster these attributes of a thriving community?

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