Words such as community, harmony, teamwork, family, and synergy express the outcomes of people working and living together cooperatively. It is sure nice to know that we live with others who are willing and able to help us be a better version of ourselves. Thinking interdependently is one of the habits that uses many of the habits we have already practiced: flexibility, listening with understanding, thinking win-win, sacrifice, communicating with clarity, and so on. Thinking interdependently recognizes that our lives are happier and more successful when we work together. Our effort between school and home to raise healthy and intelligent young people may be our most important interdependent relationship. When we share the same philosophy about educating children and teach meaningful habits, we more than double the influence on their minds.
Heart – purposely help a friend struggling with a problem.
Mind – read a story with someone and individually speak the parts of the characters.
Body – work together to complete a set of chores instead of working alone.
Soul – share how your personal smarts help others.
“Many hands make light work” – English poet John Heywood
“It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.” – Michael De Montaigne