Social wellness

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  • we are social creatures
  • 1 in 3 adults 45 and older suffer from loneliness which has the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes per day
  • those who feel socially isolated have a 50% greater risk of dying from any cause
  • the more people we're around the greater the number that can improve our "health-relevant behaviors". when you're young people tell you to brush your teeth, look both ways before crossing the street and it's the same when you're older where people can tell us to take your medications or get sleep
  • loneliness takes an physical toll on the endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems and the damage is much greater if we're also going through a crisis like a job loss or divorce
  • turning things around is not too difficult
    • stay connected with family or reconnect
    • join social groups
    • volunteer
    • rejoin the dating world
    • most importantly don't surrender to inertia since it's easier to stay on the couch
    • the benefits in happiness, energy, and longevity exceeds any short term discomfort

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  • over 1 year ago by vince