Did you know that finding other people to relate to and participating in activities that bring you enjoyment are great ways to improve your mood and overall mental health? People with strong social supports are 50% more likely to live longer.
Research also shows:
- Being lonely can cause the same amount of damage to your lifespan as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is more dangerous to health than obesity.
- Loneliness is associated with a higher risk of high blood pressure in older adults.
- Poor social supports make it harder to recover from mental illnesses, while a strong social support system improves overall outcomes and the ability to bounce back from stress.
- Women with breast cancer who have weak support systems before treatment have more pain and symptoms of depression over time.
- Individuals who spend time with nature have better perceptions of their own emotional well-being.
- Adolescents who participate in sports have lower odds of suffering from depression or thinking about suicide, likely because sports increase self-esteem and social support.