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When was the last time you took an afternoon to bond with friends or family?
And I don’t mean sitting next to a friend on the couch while you’re both glued to a television show or scrolling through your phones. I mean activities such as going out for lunch, taking a walk, or attending a baseball game together.
The people we keep close – good friends and family – play an important role in our health.
Sure, healthy living requires annual check-ups with your doctor, healthy food and exercise. But our physical health is also affected by the friendships we maintain.
Studies have found that social relationships can also affect mental health, and even affect mortality risk. The health consequences of feeling lonely include depression, elevated blood pressure, impaired immune function, and heart disease to name a few.
Social connection is important. Good news! You can improve your social wellness just as you can improve your physical wellness.
The American Psychological Association offers some great suggestions for improving your social wellness by growing and strengthening your social support network:
The bottom line is that we all need friends and family. They help us enjoy life and they get us through the rough patches. They keep you healthy driven!
How have your friends helped you? What’s your favorite family activity? Share with us in the comments!
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