In his book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell outlines the 7 "connecting practices" we can all use to connect better with others.
1. Availability: Choose to make time for, and spend time with, others.
2. Listening: Listen until you find a place of common ground.
3. Questions: Be interested enough in others to ask questions.
4. Thoughtfulness: Think of others and how to connect with them.
5. Openness: Let people into your life.
6. Likeability: Care about people.
7. Humility: Think of yourself less so you can think of others more.
When you connect, it doesn't have to be something big. You can connect with people in simple ways. You can get to know your neighbors, and do something nice for them. Learn the name of your waitress, and give her a good tip. Talk to kids to find out what's important to them, and then praise and encourage them. Do what you can, wherever you are.
Intentionally connect with others and find common ground.