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As we get older, it’s easy to begin to get into a groove where we do the same things each day, see the same people, and in essence begin “checking out”.  Often we make a lot of friends in high school, college and early in our careers, but as we enter the “family zone” we back off quite a bit, because we’re so busy.  Down the sleep-tight-cuddling-friends-kitten-puppy-sleepingline, it may feel a bit more difficult to make and nurture new friendships, so we begin to withdraw over time, and leave the door open to loneliness.  Research has shown that a solid foundation of social interaction contributes to longevity.

One of the best ways to increase your odds of a healthy, long life, is to engage in it completely, and a solid social network is a must.  As a blogger and fan of technology, I’m not against friendships via G+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumbler, etc., as they provide a great avenue to keep in touch.  However, my personal rule on sites where I actually call someone a friend is that I actually know you and/or have experienced some aspect of life with you – – so my “friends” aren’t just a bunch of strangers providing me with updates of what they’re eating.

Make an effort to keep making new friends, and to build a solid social, support network, and you will continue to be engaged later in life.

Small steps add up!!!