Your Brain Wants to Hang Out & Do Stuff with Your Friends

Your Brain Wants to Hang Out & Do Stuff with Your Friends

If you maintain regular interaction with friends and family, everything in your life will be better.

Importance of Social Connections

Angela Troyer, PhD and Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and the program director of neuropsychology and cognitive health at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto wrote this: “Did you know that connecting with friends may also boost your brain health and lower your risk of dementia?” She went on to make these four points about social interaction: you may live longer, you will enjoy better physical health; you will enjoy better mental health; and you may even lower your risk of dementia.

Similarly, Professor Laura Fratiglioni, MD, of the Karolinska Institute and the Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, along with two associates reported these results from their research:

Taking into account the accumulated evidence and the biological plausibility of these hypotheses, we conclude that an active and socially integrated lifestyle in late life protects against dementia and AD.  (Alzheimer’s Disease).

Further, a team from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard that included Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD reported these findings:

After multivariable adjustment…attending a religious service more than once per week was associated with 33% lower all-cause mortality compared with women who had never attended religious services. 

And:

Frequent attendance at religious services was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality among women.

Observations:

I won’t wade into how to attribute those results, but I think it is inarguable that attending church gets us out of the house, moving around and interacting with others-i.e.-social.

Want to improve your health, sharpen your brain, perhaps build some resistance against dementia? Hang out with your friends and do stuff.

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