We Humans Are Social Creatures - Time To Return To The Office

    A Very Happy Carpet Man

    We had a carpet repairman come to our home this week.

    He was almost 70 and still putting in 8 hour days – because he wants to, not because he has to.

    He was very chatty too and he told me that he just joined a kayak club because his knee was too sore for him to remain in his mountain biking club.

    What was more interesting was that he looked to be about 40 years younger, and he told me he was a Seventh-day Adventist (a group that is notorious for its very long life expectancies).

    Seventh-day Adventists live so long because they tend to have very clean whole food diets, they often don’t retire, they are very active, and they are very social (a key aspect for all groups that live much longer than normal).

    Anyway – this exuberant and very happy man was a great reminder to me of how important it is to simply be “social.”

    Back To The Office In 2022?

    Coincidentally, on the same day that the carpet repairman came to our home, Andy Kessler (my favorite WSJ columnist) published this: Back to the Office in 2022.

    Kessler made the point that we humans miss and crave social contact so much that we would all benefit from returning the office – even if it means that we have to endure boring small talk, crowded subways, clogged freeways, long lines, bad office food and office braggarts.

    Kessler also reminds us that many officemates become lifelong friends outside the office – even if they got on our nerves in the office.

    Kessler’s final sentence was this: “Being social is what makes us who we are. It’s time to get back to it.”

    So – are we going to force everyone at JVM back into the office? Heck no…

    But – we will encourage it – but only because we want all of our team members to live longer. 😊

    This blog is also a reminder to appreciate all of those friends and relatives we will all be engaging with over the holidays, no matter how taxing it may seem, because those people are probably helping us to live longer too.

    And finally, we might all consider joining a kayak club as well…

    Jay Voorhees
    Founder/Broker | JVM Lending
    (855) 855-4491 | DRE# 1197176, NMLS# 310167

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