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 line, 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!!!