Staying Social Keeps Your Brain Healthy
‘Tis the season to be social! With the holidays upon us, there are many opportunities to connect with family and old friends and to make new ones.
As it turns out, spending time with others doesn’t just feel good, it has brain health benefits, too! The Cleveland Clinic reports “studies have shown that those with the most social interaction within their community experience the slowest rate of memory decline.” Additionally, connecting with others can also reduce stress, combat depression, and stimulate the brain.
3 Ways to Stay Social During the Holidays
Need some inspiration? Here are 3 great ways to stay social this holiday season…
• Fill Up Your Calendar – Try to attend a few events a week. Say “yes” to dinner with family, a work party, and next week’s holiday event at your church. Even if you’re on the introverted or shy side and may not feel like going out, chances are you will enjoy yourself and be glad you went!
• Organize a Game Night – Whether you have family or friends over to your house or opt to meet at a local coffee shop, creating a game night will be a fun way to be social. You may enjoy it so much, you end up making it a regular gathering! (Bonus points if you play one of the games I mentioned in last month’s newsletter that supports brain health!)
• Give Gifts – Show your appreciation for your family or friends by stopping by to drop off a little something for the holidays. Arrange to hand-deliver a small box of homemade holiday cookies, a handmade bookmark or even a simple card. Everyone will be filled with holiday joy, and it may even spark the idea to get together in the near future.
I hope you have the merriest and most social holiday season yet!
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