Spending time with friends will make you happier and healthier. When you spend time with people who enjoy doing the same things you do the benefits to your body and mind just keep on coming. Connection leads to greater happiness, and a sense of belonging boosts your immune system.
So if you think you could use a little more connection and cohesion with other people, how do you get started?
Here are a few ideas.
1. FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
Love to cook? Have to run? Never miss an opportunity to watch classic films? Sometimes as we get older, we let go of interests outside of work and family. You may need to think back to earlier in your life to realize what your talent or passion is.
2. GO WITH A FRIEND
Are you intrigued by your neighbor’s involvement with the local community theater? Ask if you can come along to explore or look behind the scenes. Or investigate a new activity or group with like-minded friends.
3. PUSH YOUR ZONE
Stretch yourself by charting new territory. You may discover a new talent or a new side of you. When you show courage and grit, you are even more likely to bond with those around you.
4. GET BACK TO REALITY
Meeting like-minded people online is easy. But online groups can remain virtual and anonymous. If you don’t get out of your living room, the benefits of connection won’t last.
5. GET PHYSICAL
Doing a fun physical activity with other people is a great way to meet friends. Fitness programs like Camp Gladiator, SoulCycle, and CrossFit can be intimidating, but their members form strong attachments.
Volunteering is an experience that can change your life, as well as the lives of those you help.