An active social life with good companionship is one of the keys to a long and happy life. Here are a few ideas on how to stay socially connected and enjoy the benefits.
- Explore Things Around You.
Every social experience can make a difference, and you don’t need to venture too far. Think about what’s close by. Try exploring the local shopping mall, park, cafe or places you are likely to bump into other people who are happy to have a chat. If your circumstances require that someone accompany you, let a family member, friend, or your carer know that you would like to be a little more adventurous. Who knows, you may meet a new friend?
- Be a good listener.
Practice being a good listener. Keep in mind what is important to the other person and what they are excited to share with you. By listening thoughtfully and exploring what they are saying with a few good questions, they will feel heard and understood. Give them your full attention and avoid interrupting or talking over them. They will appreciate your genuine interest, and value your relationship.
- Belong to a group.
Join a social group related to your interests. It’s nice to spend time with like-minded people who share your enthusiasm. Belonging to a social group allows you to develop a wider perspective. You can learn from their ideas while sharing your own. There is nothing like belonging to a club, team, or social group to keep you motivated and involved.
- Choose A Pet
The love that a pet provides is unconditional. Knowing that there is always someone who depends on you and cares about you makes for great company. If it’s not too hard to look after a cat, dog or bird, you will enjoy many hours of company each day, and a pet makes for great conversation with visitors. Most people treat their pet as a member of the family.
Staying social is a good way to help you enjoy a long and happy life.