If you ask people about their understanding of the term ‘age well,’ they are most likely to give you varying answers and most of them are going to revolve around physical well-being including eating a healthy diet, daily exercising, and going for annual checkups.
What you are likely to never hear is how an engaging social life is going to help you age well.
Research has proved that people who have an inclination toward loneliness are likely to have a chance of dying by 30%. This also stands true for people who claim that they prefer to be alone. These people don’t realize, but they are at risk.
Socializing is good for humans. It does not matter if you like it or not. There are countless articles written to emphasize the importance of how those who enjoy being by themselves can shorten their life span.
According to a research, people who call themselves introverts also experience happiness when they socialize as compared to when they are alone. The importance of living an actively social life has been effectively dealt with by Dan Buettner in his book The Blue Zones Solution. In his book, he talks about how to live your life in a way that you live up to a hundred years without actually feeling that old. The foremost reason that he gives is of socializing more. Socializing not only improves health, but also keeps a person happier. He attributes loneliness to similar detrimental actions such as smoking.
Isolation and loneliness are categorized in the same category as smoking or obesity is. It has also been implied that socializing determines our life span more accurately than our exercising and eating habits. This also leads us to the conclusion that we should be choosy and picky about the people we hang out with.
Buettner asserts that it is not only the quantity of social interaction that matters but also the quality. How much happier we are and how much weight we have put on is dependent on the kind of people we hang out with. So it only makes sense when you are advised to find people who can positively influence you. Buettner suggests that people join social clubs or volunteer for social work in order to develop their social skills and cultivate their talent.
One study claims that you are likely to experience the same level of happiness from joining a social group and meeting once a month like you will experience when your salary is doubled.
Eric Barker describes the value of an engaging social life by saying that the relationships in your life are worth a lot more than what you earn annually. If you won’t connect with others, you are likely to turn stupid which may eventually kill you in a world full of clever, sly people.
The bottom line of the story is that if you want peace of mind and a healthy mind, then you need to leave the comforts of your couch and go out to meet your friends at dinner tonight.