Group Of Friends Toasting In Tavern

Living Long & Well

Did you know that being active socially can have a tremendously positive impact on your overall health? Research has shown that having a social interaction with friends just once a week can have the same positive impact on your psyche as getting a $10,000 a year raise. That is just amazing!

The positive impact of social interaction and health does not stop there. Many studies have shown that having an active social life in older adults can decrease the likelihood of Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and even some forms of cancer.

It may even be that loneliness has an emotional impact. Studies have shown that people who are lonely often times have elevated blood pressure. And loneliness combined with depression can have a synergistic adverse effect.

So get out there and mingle people! Your overall health and happiness is depending on it! Instead of getting that coffee to go next time, sit down and enjoy it in the coffee shop. Get involved with a book club that meets once a month. Have a designated day every week or month that you get together with friends. Put it on your calendar and make it happen. It’s much easier to do if it is already planned every week or month.