We live in an amazing age. Through the internet, social media and smart devices, we are the most technologically connected generation in all of history. Our extensive networks allow us to get in contact with anyone anywhere in the world with just a few taps. And yet despite all this connectivity at our fingertips, why is it that we feel increasingly alone?

We hide our true selves behind online personas and the lens of social media, thinking we need to be a certain way for others to accept us. We tone down our individual quirks behind the safety of formalities, hierarchies and job titles. We stick only with those that share our opinions, whether it’s about religion, politics or sports teams. We put up barriers as a way of protecting ourselves - and this personal disconnect is creating a more divided world.

At Brightful, we believe in the power of real human connection to make this world a better place. We believe the first step towards a more meaningful life is having the courage to break down our own barriers.

We need to rekindle the real human connection. Genuine care for when your colleagues fall ill - not just wondering how it’ll affect your deadline. Sparking a bit of joy by sharing a meme about a raccoon, knowing it’s your coworker’s favorite animal. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and trying to understand their perspective, instead of dismissing their opinion just because it differs from your own.

These are all the moments that make life meaningful. Relating to one another is what connects us all as humans. To not lead with judgement, but curiosity into each other’s views. Brightful believes in a world where we try to break down the barriers we put around ourselves, where we try our best to shoulder one another’s burdens and uplift each other in the process.

So let’s take a moment to appreciate the simple things that get lost in the noise of modern day life, and try to live meaningfully everyday.