The Value Of Companionship

Research shows that over 50% of Australian adults experience loneliness. Often, loneliness is accepted as part of life, and the value of social interaction is overlooked. But it’s clear that companionship with friends, family, co-workers, or neighbours, is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. Here are a few ways that social interaction may benefit you or your loved one.

Keeps Our Minds Active

Companionship and social interaction keep our minds active and healthy. Through social interaction, we face healthy mental challenges. And whether you’re aware of it or not, talking to a loved one or a friend acts like exercise for the brain. This kind of stimulation has been shown to fend off dementia and engage and strengthen memory.

As well as providing mental exercise, friendship also stimulates positive thoughts. In turn, positive thoughts help fight depression and anxiety while also fostering good moods.

Keeps Us Connected

Companionship also keeps us connected to our community. Naturally, most of us prefer to be part of a group or a collective. We receive support where needed through communities, as well as fulfilment that helps us lead a happy, healthy life.

Staying connected to our community also helps us understand the world we’re living in more clearly. Through conversation, we might learn about advances in technology, changes in the local area, or current affairs. Basically, staying connected helps keep us in the loop.

Helps Us Look Forward

Through companionship, we feel compelled to look forward. Those who are lonely may find themselves living day-by-day, and simply getting-by. But friendship can often provide something to look forward to. Whether it be a lunch date, a catch-up over coffee, or a trip to a local park, the promise of spending time with someone we enjoy the company of can help keep us motivated.

If you or your loved one could use some extra social support, Simply Helping is here. We offer companionship and social support services. So, you or your loved one can live life to the fullest and receive the support they deserve. Click here to learn more about our companionship services and contact us today.

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