One of the most universal means to greater health and happiness is to socialize more. Loneliness can shave years off of your life expectancy and a Harvard social scientist’s research indicates that the happiest people are also the most connected. Try to set up our daily routines to make it easier to socialize.
Quality counts and who we hang out with has a huge influence on our physical and mental health. Happy friends can boost our level of cheeriness and if your three best friends are obese there is a 55% greater chance you will be overweight. Okinawans create moais-groups of five friends who are committed to each other for life. Below is a social circle checklist:
- Assess your current circle of friends
- Join a club
- Create your own moai
- Join a faith-based community
Taken from National Geographic’s “The Blue Zones-The Science of Living Longer”
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend. (Wikipedia)
Healthy behaviors are contagious and having friends you can laugh with and who support you will boost your health and wellness. My blog featured photo today is of me and the very special ladies of my moai.