Today, I want to share with you the Health benefits of Socialization.
We have learned since we were young that “man is a social being” isn’t it?
Or you heard that we, humans are social animals, right?
Well, Several medical studies suggest that Socializing is good for our Mind and Body.
The People around us can act like a medicine for us and sociable individuals are healthier than the lonely ones. Did you know that?
Let me give you an example: here, were I live, in South Carolina there are a lot of people over 80. One of my neighbors is 90 years old and he still drives his car, works at his son’s business and has an active social life, plus he has a girlfriend that is 10 years younger than him.
Another example: one of my best friends is 80 years old and she is still teaching fulltime. Can you believe that?
I looked up online and found out that there are 35 research studies that claim that happy people live longer with 18% more than those who don’t feel happy.
This conclusion is also supported by a recent 2020 study of the American National Institute of Aging (which studies the human aging process) and which makes the connection between social engagements and healthy benefits.
So, the more we socialize, the longer we live!!!
A socially active person spends a lot of time with other people, trying to communicate, and being interested in helping others.
- People who engage in relationships tend to be more active, improving their physical health through their social activities.
- This is why it’s important to have friends if we want to live longer.
- Loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
- Loneliness is a risk factor for accelerated cognitive decline in older people comparing with sociable ones.
- Social interaction improves our mood which has a positive impact on our general health decreasing risks of severe diseases.
- Happiness and optimism are contagious.
- Face-to-to face interaction is like a vaccine.
- If you have happy friends your chances to be happy are increased
Let me give you another example: I had a stressful day at work and I took my dog for a walk. I saw a man around 80 who seemed to be sad. I chatted with him and found out that he recently lost his wife.
I tried to give him some encouragements making him understand that life goes on and he can still enjoys his life even without his wife. At the end, he said “You made up my day” thank you for making me realize that. I left that man feeling better because I could lift somebody’s spirit with a simple conversation.
Have you ever experienced something like that?
The point of the story is this: a simple conversation with a stranger can open new doors and a new perspective about life and about things that you should be grateful for. There is always somebody more unhappy than you are.
That is why I invite you to be more communicative starting Today even with strangers on the street, people in a shop, in a waiting room, to call your friends more often or to make new friends.
You may be surprised on the positive effects of these on your mood and spirit!
Make this a great day or not. The choice is yours!
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