Connecting today isn’t what it used to be. Silicon Valley is buzzing with apps that keep us connected, informed and social. While some of us love it, others feel overwhelmed and we would like nothing more than to disconnect, pull the covers over our head and wait for Summer. However, don’t pull out the armor of comfy blankets just yet! Staying connected and building a strong sense of community is just as beneficial to you as exercise and hygiene. Research shows having a strong sense of community boosts your happiness, improves your immune system and can add years to your life. People who feel they are flourishing in life often say their lives are filled with connection.