A rich social network provides sources of support, reduces stress, combats depression and enhances intellectual stimulation. Studies have shown that those with the most social interaction within their community experience the slowest rate of memory decline. Happy marriages or longterm relationships and having a purpose in life have shown significant protective effects against age-related cognitive impairment.
Treasure Your Loved Ones
It can be exciting to form new friendships, but remember to cherish the friends you already have by spending time with them.
Shared hobbies are a great way to meet like-minded people. Get active in sports or cultural activities. Volunteer or join clubs. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to talk to others in a relaxed setting that you both enjoy.
People who remain active and engaged with others through volunteering report being happier and healthier overall.
When you begin a friendship with someone, show a genuine interest in learning about the person and his or her interests.
The Power of Pets
People aren’t the only source of loving relationships. Animals have proved to be just as good for our brain health. Pets make people feel good, but more importantly your favorite animal can make you healthy and help you stay that way. You may be surprised at just how many ways a pet can improve your health. Pets can calm us down, boost our immunity, improve our heart health, keep us moving, and enhance our social life.