Glad you asked! Moais are social groups created to provide social, financial, health, or spiritual support. Moai means “meeting for a common purpose” in Japanese and this concept originated in Okinawa, Japan.

Moais became popular due to Blue Zone research on where, why and how people live longer, healthier lives. Dan Buettner talks about them in his article ‘Social Network Blueprint for Happiness.’ 

How can you build your own Moai at work?

We have some suggestions for you:

  • Look for people who share your interests, passions, and values. 

Do you like rock and roll or county music? Do you enjoy reading or running? Are you members of a community group? Don’t be afraid to ask some questions to find common ground.

  • Make time to connect on a regular basis and look for opportunities to cultivate those friendships.

We know it can be a challenge to carve out extra time, but it’s so worth it!

  • Look for ways to best support each other and be accountable.

Our social networks can be contagious and if you take the opportunity to connect with a group of like-minded coworkers, you may just become more satisfied and more productive…and not only at work.