The Ties That Bind
Friends and family can boost your health— and happiness
Enjoyed an afternoon of shopping with your friends lately? Maybe you’ve spent a relaxing day visiting with your grandchildren. Did you know these are things that can contribute to your overall health and wellbeing? It’s true. According to the American Society on Aging, social relationships can affect your health as much as blood pressure, nutrition and exercise.
By maintaining bonds with family members and close friends – and forging new relationships with members of your local community – you can improve your quality of life and reduce your stress.
One other great thing about spending time with friends and family? They can help motivate you to get and stay healthy. Making healthy changes is a lot easier and more fun when you don’t have to go it alone.
Of course, in our busy world, finding time to spend with friends and family isn’t always easy. People have busy schedules and often, the people we love the most don’t live near us. If your loved ones aren’t close by, try joining a social group at church or at your local community center. Get to know your neighbors. Sign up for a group exercise or art class.
Whether you are getting together with old friends or meeting new ones, check out our tips on how to add a little health into your social life.
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