Solidarity and sharing is trendy and it makes you happy!
At the start of 2023, social positivism must exult. Solidarity between members of the same family, between neighbors or between peoples must take precedence over individualism in order to bring people together and make life easier for everyone.
Solidarity unites people in a feeling of mutual aid and, if these people are linked, it is because they most often share common interests such as the fight against isolation or lack of resources.
Moreover, if solidarity is played out collectively with the cooperation of individuals with identical moral values , its benefits are measured above all at the individual level. Indeed, the fact of helping, of being of service, of offering a good to a third party or of sharing one’s knowledge reduces stress and makes one happier.
Sharing, a transgenerational concept
The new generations, like those of our grandparents, advocate sharing.
If before, when we needed a little milk, egg or flour, we went to see the neighbor, all in a spirit of solidarity and mutual services rendered, today the new generations, even if they operate on a similar mechanism, base the sharing economy on fundamentals such as the environment and ecology, but also individual and collective well-being. So we must consume, if not less, better and responsibly.
Why buy a salad from the other side of the country when you can buy it locally or even grow it in a shared garden ?
Why buy a car, rent an office or a room when you can carpool , coworking or couchsurfing .
In these new trends, people and the real satisfaction of sharing products, services or knowledge are put back at the heart of society.
The exchange is always win-win. The giver is often also the receiver, each learning from the other.
Even companies have gotten into it, with the example of the reciprocal knowledge exchange network ( RERS ), which offers companies the opportunity to acquire new knowledge.
Solidarity and sharing New forms of solidarity
There are many people in vulnerable situations, a single mother needing support to take care of her child, a person without income due to lack of employment, a family worried about leaving their parent, with a loss of autonomy, alone at night , an individual experiencing loneliness poorly, a young person having difficulty paying his rent, there is no shortage of examples.
Faced with these difficulties, solidarity is a significant alternative allowing individuals to find common ground. Thus people who have the possibility can host a person free of charge, providing them with childcare services , animal walks , work or simply offering a presence at night in exchange.
Solidarity and sharing, actors of social cohesion and well-being
Who has never needed a little help?
Mutual aid drains important values favoring collective intelligence and therefore the human because as the African proverb says, if alone we go faster, together, we go further. Mutual aid and sharing allow us to move forward sometimes more quickly but always more serenely.
Mutual support is a source of moral comfort and, beyond this aspect contributing to socialization, it promotes the monetary economy. Thus by sharing resources , we consume less and therefore better.
More and more companies are positioning themselves on this issue and offering an activity or service based on solidarity, the business model of these social and solidarity enterprises (ESS) being only the means to achieve their social objective. .