I have spent over a decade living in an “intentional community”—where people come together over shared values and purpose. The 10 households in our cohousing community are diverse - religiously, professionally, economically, generationally, and politically. We eat together once a week in an industrial-sized kitchen and dining area, and work on our common spaces one Saturday a month. I've learned 10 lessons for more interdependence and less loneliness: Sharing unlocks abundance. Neighborliness is for introverts, too. Tiny things add up to a big feeling of mutuality. Proximity is key. Nourish the soil with gratitude in order to weather the tough times. Kids get to be what they can see. Neighbors make great companions for ritual. Sharing is great for our planet. We’re safer together. Intergenerational neighborliness is a win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win.

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