Evidence supports the idea that social connectedness is vital to health, wellness and longevity. Experts theorize that having a rich social network may also help support brain health in a variety of ways, from providing individuals better resources and support, to reducing stress and depression, to enhancing intellectual stimulation.
While adolescents and young adults frequent social media channels, there are still a number of old-fashioned ways to help increase social interactions no matter your age. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started. Feel free to leave a comment sharing how you get social every day.
- Stay socially connected so you feel like you’re a part of something – the workplace, clubs, a network of friends, a religious congregation or a volunteer group are good places to start
- Seek out friends and family to get the emotional support you need to help manage stress and feel happy
- Keep working as long as you can and want to
- Put your passion into action – volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to you
- Make friends and family a priority and spend time with them regularly
As Dr. Michael Roizen, co-founder of RealAge.com and chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, says, “Social activity promotes creation of new brain cells and supports brain repair. Activities like visiting with friends and relatives, club activities and attending parties are not only fun, they are good for your brain!”