The Socially Connected Mind
Make new friends and nurture your relationships
Friends and family are the key to happiness, and they just might be the key to brain health as well. Research shows that social interaction has a significant effect on long-term brain health and function. It will make your life more meaningful and fun while stimulating and protecting your brain.
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.
Here are some helpful tips to try for a socially connected mind:
- 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.
- 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.