Recent studies have shown that belonging to a group is important to both our physical and mental health. When we belong to a group we tend to maintain better psychological health and are usually in better physical health. Some of the studies conducted created two groups: the first asked people to think about the groups they belonged to and the second asked people to think about the value of other people and help others had provided them. Then they asked both groups how much meaning they felt life had. The group which was asked to think about the groups they belonged to responded with a much higher value about the meaning of life.
It’s not really a surprise that these studies came out this way. If we look back through history we see that humanity has banded into groups since the time of hunter gatherers. Groups have always been an important part of society and will probably continue to be. One fun aspect about being in a club is having a small token that shows your membership. A good example of this small token is custom coins. Custom challenge coins have been employed by many groups for a long time. A challenge coin is a two sided coin that bears a logo or insignia of the organization its owner belongs to. The meaning behind calling it a ‘challenge coin’ is when people in the group want to reaffirm that each other belong to the same one, they can challenge each other. Then they reveal their coin and if they’re from the same group they will have the same coin.
Another great aspect of belonging is the feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Many organizations and groups will last longer than our lifetime and have existed since before we were born. This gives us a link to past generations and to future generations. It helps us feel like there is more meaning in our lives, and often a group is a great place for finding support when we are in times of need. Many soldiers refer to other members of their squadrons and platoons as brothers because of the bonds they develop in the heat of battle. They look out for and care for each other. Be sure to find a group that values you, and find relationships that are high in quality, for that is more important than quantity.