I just travelled 8000KM (5000 miles) through a large variety of communities across Canada- some big, some small. Here is what I learned about what makes a healthy, strong community.
In a happy, vibrant community, there are strong social connections that create a sense of belonging. And along with belonging comes a sense of responsibility to support your fellow members. With a strong sense of belonging and knowing other community members will take care of each other comes a sense of peace, security, and meaning. Communities provide a soul nurturing experience when you have the opportunity to contribute and know others are there for you.
For example, in Yellowknife (population 20,000) while walking down the street, people want to reach out to you and see if you are a new member of the community. If you are, you are treated to the experience that Mark had. Mark is Pilipino and when he first arrived in Yellowknife, for the