Relationships: How They Improve Overall Health and Brain Health
Last month we talked a lot about making new year’s resolutions, and it turns out that most of our readers have made the resolution to improve their relationships in 2019. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we decided that the month of love is the perfect time to focus on relationships.
Good Relationships Offer Multiple Health Benefits
According to Harvard, socializing, connecting with people we love, and having strong relationships we can count on improves overall health and has the potential to increase longevity. Social engagement is linked to a stronger immune system. Friendships have been found to boost feelings of well-being.
One review of research even discovered that strong social ties affect your life span twice as much as regular exercise. If you want to extend your life, that resolution to improve your relationships may be just the ticket to getting a few extra years to enjoy.
Relationships and Brain Health – Science Shows a Strong Connection
Beyond the health benefits, science shows a strong connection between relationships and brain health. Looking for tips on how to keep your brain healthy? Cultivating great friendships is crucial.
Scientific evidence shows that people who have connections with others perform better on tests of cognitive skills like memory. Individuals who stay active socially have a lower risk of developing age-related cognitive problems compared to those who are isolated socially.
On the other hand, a lack of stable relationships has been associated with cognitive decline.
Quality Not Quantity
When it comes to the benefits of relationships for overall health and brain health, it’s all about the quality of your relationships, not the quantity. While satisfying relationships can decrease the risk of health and mental problems, negative or disappointing interactions with friends or family members have been linked to poorer health.
Ready to keep your brain healthy this year? That resolution to improve your relationships is key!
Take time this year to foster meaningful relationships in your life. Make time for friendships. Catch up with family and friends on Skype, have a coffee date for face-to-face interaction with a friend, or plan a date night with your significant other. Socialize. Connect. Love. Your brain will thank you!
Stay tuned! We’re focusing on relationships, Valentine’s Day, and friendships this month. So don’t miss out – check back for updates every Thursday!