As you may know, exercising regularly, sleeping sufficiently, and eating help to improve your mental and physical health. But did you also know that having a deep relationship with others can also promote healthy aging? According to several pieces of research, it is extremely beneficial to be socially engaged with your friends or loved ones. In fact, Louis Cozolino, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, has found that it is also one of the most meaningful and important experiences you need to thrive and survive. Hence, here is how a deep relationship with others can encourage healthier aging for you.
Drive Away Loneliness and Depression
Do you sometimes feel lonely or unbearably sad? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Unfortunately, loneliness and depression are common problems among mature adults. And alas, this can lead to poorer mental and emotional health, and serious health concerns for you. Fortunately, connecting with peers or loved ones is a great way to starve off your loneliness or depression. After all, it is human nature to crave a connection with others. In fact, several studies suggest that by spending time with others, you will feel a sense of belonging and will feel generally more satisfied and happier.
Keep Your Mind Sharp
Contrary to the popular belief that your brain stops developing at age 25, recent research shows that your brain can actually adapt and continue to stay sharp well past your formative years. And this means that as long as your brain is active, your mind will remain sharp. And what is the best way to keep your mind healthy and active? By maintaining close friendships with others. Indeed, the latest studies find that socially active matured adults had a stronger memory, and had a slower cognitive decline. Here’s another bonus benefit. A strong social network can also protect you from developing dementia
Improve Your Physical Health
Developing strong relationships with others is a great way to improve your physical health. Not only can they influence you to make healthier choices, but they can also motivate you to exercise more. After all, if your friends around you are eating healthy meals, and going for an exercise class, don’t you think you will be likely to do so too? This is the power of positive social influence. In addition, having your friends around, it will also make such activities more engaging and exciting. Scientifically, social engagement has been found to lower your blood pressure. Moreover, according to 9 yearlong research, those with more social connections turned out to live longer regardless of their status and lifestyle habits. On the other hand, studies proved that loneliness in mature adults caused lower immunity. Clearly, having friends is a great way to improve your physical health and mortality!
Celebrate Great Friendships at Conservatory At Plano
If you find that you crave deep relationships with others in your golden years, why not consider joining us at Conservatory At Plano? We have a wider array of activities and events lined up all year round, and you are sure to find like-minded individuals who share the interests as you. Even if you don’t, it is a perfect chance for you to forge new interests and new friendships!