It is human nature to want to love and to be loved. Interaction with those around us makes us feel happy and alive.
Far too often we overlook the importance of being around other people. When someone is shy we just think, “oh well that is just the way they are,”; but being social comes with many health benefits. Research has linked anti-social behaviour with poor health.
Studies show that those who surround themselves with other people and attend social events have a lower risk of illness. Experts say that people who are socially isolated have a less efficient system to maintain physiological functioning. Anti-social people heal less quickly and get less efficient sleep.
Surrounding ourselves with family and friends helps reduce stress. Being around the loved ones easily takes our minds off of your problems. It is a proven fact that laughing is good for your body. Simply adding friends and laughter can greatly reduce your stress levels.
People who are not social often suffer from loneliness. Loneliness can lead to depression. When a person becomes active in their community and hangs out with friends, loneliness slips away. In the ‘Lonely American’, Olds and Schwartz of Harvard Medical School argue that loneliness often leads to depression, and instead of seeking out others many instead turn to taking anti-depression medication.
Everyone needs friends. Humans are naturally social beings; we need social interaction to fulfil us. Friends make life better, especially in times of need. Friends help expand our horizon when we go to visit or travel with them.
Real friendships bring laughter and trust into your life and can lift your spirits just when you need it.
Strong social networks preserve the quality of life as we age. Our relationships with family and friends not only add to the quality of life, but they help us live longer. Studies show that “social capital” is a predictor for health, happiness, and longevity. Today’s world values – hard work, success, and wealth – are often seen as highly important, with the importance of social activity being over looked.
Being social is also important to the environment. We cannot have sustainability without communities.
Some experts go as far as to allege that the number of friends you have can correlate with how long you live. Studies show that you have a better chance of surviving an illness or disease if you have social support. They state that, by simply joining a social group, you could cut your chances of dying in half for the following year. Joining a group brings you face to face with people who have the same interests. If a person is single, being social and talking to five new people a day improves their chances of finding romance.
Never underestimate the importance of being present and engaging with people. Being social ensures that you do not miss out on the noteworthy things happening in your community. If you get out there and share the love, it will come back to you!