"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."-Margaret J. Wheatley
"IN EVERY COMMUNITY, THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE. IN EVERY NATION, THERE ARE WOUNDS TO HEAL. IN EVERY HEART, THERE IS THE POWER TO DO IT." – MARIANNE WILLIAMSON
The definition of community is almost identical to society. We think the term "proximity" is the differentiator between community and society. Often the terms society and community are used interchangeably, for our purposes we define community as: An area that encapsulates ALL individuals living within a set geographical location in which the individuals cohabitate in close proximity.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ECOLOGICAL APPROACH IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."-Coretta Scott King
How the intricate ways of different parts of the community affect one another. Understanding the interdependence that each system has, and how each part of the system affects the other, can serve as a guide in determining practices and interventions that may be used or implemented to help serve the community.
QUALITY OF LIFE
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
Having the broader perspective of a community allows for a community psychologist to identify the multiple parts, and relationships, within a social system that are in need of assistance and those that will be reinforced. Failing to have a broad view of the community could lead to key areas of the social system that are in need of assistance to be overlooked and neglected, which in turn will inadvertently lead to the interventions implemented to fail.
DEFINING “QUALITY OF LIFE”
"It is our decisions not our conditions that determine our quality of life." -John Maxwell
Often difficult to define, in regards to your overall well-being as a human being, quality of life weighs the positive and negative aspects of your daily existence. This includes your current level of health, family history, freedom of movement, exposure to inequality or discrimination, living circumstances, exposure to environmental pollutants, socioeconomic status, available support systems such as education and health care, and your feelings of self-worth and dignity. In other words, every part of your life determines your psychological and physical health.
Researchers are finally beginning to understand that your stress, toxin exposure, and lifestyle affect your mental and physical health in the long term. Learning how to improve your quality of life is crucial to your very survival.