Why being sociable is good for your health

on Friday, 02 April 2010. Posted in N21 Community



  


Being sociable and active is good for a person's health and well-being; scientists are now saying that it can even protect against memory loss and the effects of ageing. Studies have even shown that when people feel part of a close knit group they are less likely to have a heart attack or suffer from stress, than people who are socially isolated.


According to Professor Alex Haslam of the University of Exeter, "we are social animals who live and have evolved to live in social groups. Membership of groups, from football teams to book clubs and voluntary societies gives us a sense of social identity".


A study of 650 stroke patients over five years found that those who were part of a close-knit social group were significantly less likely to suffer from a second life-threatening problem.  According to Professor Haslam, social isolation can double the risks of many life threatening conditions.


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Being sociable and active is good for a person's health and well-being; scientists are now saying that it can even protect against memory loss and the effects of ageing.

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