Time and time again studies return the same finding: we need to spend time with others. We need to connect, we need to be a part of something greater than ourselves.
Making the time to show up for friends and family is important of course, but school and work also become new experiences when we are part of a group.
If your work environment fosters toxic groups, or if you have to change who you are to be accepted, then start your own group. Chances are, you're not the only one feeling that way and others will join you.
Opportunities for leading don't always come with a promotion.