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Healthy Living | Stay Social
Berkeley, Mayo Clinic, and the National Institute on Aging (among others) all cite evidence that suggests that social interaction improves physical health, increases cognitive functioning, and promotes a longer, more active life. Then, there are the multitude of studies that cite a direct correlation between happiness and social interaction. But, none of these studies tell us how to create or recreate social circles or form
meaningful interpersonal relationships, especially after relocating or simply shifting gears during mid-life
and into our senior years.
Americans typically spend the majority of their adult lives with their nose to the grindstone and spending
free time with family. Friends often consist of colleagues and parents of children’s friends, with a few old
friends and neighbors sprinkled in. Because there’s little time for forming (or keeping) the deep bonds with
friends that came so easily in years past, social lives become family and children focused.
The Foolproof Way to Stay Social
Consistent social interaction is yet another requirement to ensure good health and a
long, vibrant life, but for some, this is easier said than done.