6 Surprising Benefits of Connecting with Others

Our increasing isolation means that we’re missing out on the many benefits of social connection.

How many people are you comfortable sharing a personal problem with? This may sound surprising but a study found that, in 2004, 25 percent of Americans had no one to confide in.

Things weren’t always like that, though. The same study shows that two decades earlier, Americans had at least three people to confide in.

This decline in social connectedness is doing more harm than many of us realize. It has led to more cases of loneliness, anxiety, depression and even suicidal behavior.

Luckily, this is not something beyond our control. You can start cultivating quality relationships and soon enjoy these benefits of social connection.

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1. Longevity

More goes into living longer than eating healthy and exercising regularly. Building strong social connections with others can help you live longer. This study found that quality social relationships increase the chance of longevity by 50 percent.

You can take this a step further and connect with others while engaging in healthy activities, such as walking.

2. Improved Health

Lack of social connections may do more harm to your health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure, according to research. This may be because social connections strengthen the immune system and lower inflammation.

3. Fighting Anxiety and Depression

Many of us know that isolation and loneliness make depression worse.

It’s important to build strong social connections to fight anxiety and depression. Research even shows that striking up a conversation with a stranger on the train or bus can offer a positive experience.

I may note that social media doesn’t count as connecting with others. It has been linked to increased anxiety and depression.

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4. Emotional Support

Having a person or a group to share your joys and sorrows with will support you emotionally. It’ll make you feel strong, because you realize that you’re not alone. Your connections may even offer solutions to some of the emotional problems you’re dealing with.

5. Self-Esteem

There’s a strong link between self-esteem and relationships. We need positive self-esteem to maintain optimal mental health and build quality relationships. Inversely, quality relationships help build our self-esteem.

According to Psychology Today, having one loving relationship with a parent, friend, spouse or sibling can boost your self-esteem.

6. Practical Help

Connecting with others will give you access to skills that can improve your family and work life. You’ll have someone you can borrow a car from, another who can babysit for you and so on.

As you continue to connect with others, you’ll enjoy more benefits than the ones above. You can start making new friends today by enrolling in a class that intrigues you, volunteering or joining clubs.

What do you think is the biggest benefit of connecting with others?

87 comments

Leo C
Leo C10 hours ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Maud M
Maud M4 days ago

merci!

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Leo C
Leo C7 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Martin H
Martin H8 days ago

Yes. Troo.

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Mike R
Mike R12 days ago

Thanks

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Leo C
Leo C13 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo C14 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Toni W
Toni W15 days ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W15 days ago

TYFS

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Bill E
Bill Eagle18 days ago

Human beings are gregarious animals. We need and we depend upon each other.

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