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Maintaining social activities and relationships throughout the lifespan is important
to health and well-being. Engaged people are often healthier, happier, less depressed,
and demonstrate enhanced brain vitality.
Social activity is good for a person regardless of who you are, how old you are, where
you live, or what you do. Being socially engaged with friends, family, and various
activities throughout the lifespan has many positive benefits:
Finding or creating connections is a key to social activity. Social connectedness
includes relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and other people with whom
you interact as you carry out daily activities such as your bankers, store clerks
and health care providers. These may be people you consistently see or look forward
to seeing, people with whom you have something in common, or people you trust. Social
connectedness also includes various activities in the community or at home. The types
of activities that engage you socially are endless, but it is important to try and
seek or create an activity that is meaningful to you. By engaging with people and
participating in activities that you enjoy, social activity can be easy, fun and fulfilling.
Social activities include: