Your social ties can improve more than just your mood; they can also improve your health!
A recent medical study referenced in The Economist has concluded that social individuals are at lower risk of developing illnesses associated with chronic inflammation than lonely or isolated individuals. These illnesses include heart disease and certain cancers. In fact, loneliness can be as detrimental to your lifespan as smoking or drinking alcohol!
So what can you do to avoid these illnesses associated with chronic inflammation? If you are not extroverted by nature, make a concerted effort to interact with others or seek companionship. Whether you join a charity, book club, senior center or other community group, interacting with others is a healthy practice for body, mind and heart.
If you or a loved one is homebound and find it difficult to participate in social activities, consider hiring a companion to visit on a regular basis. Not only do our screened, bonded and trained caregivers offer assistance with activities of daily living but they also serve as a welcome source of companionship, comfort and mental stimulation!
Cheers to good friends.