Rockliffe Hall's Wellbeing Manager Peter Bell shares his advice on the importance of social connections.
Social connections are central to our mental wellbeing, humans from the beginning of time relied on one another for survival. The world we live in is very different from the beginning of time, there is without doubt a higher need for social connection as technology connects us more than ever with relative ease to people all over the world.
Studies have shown that very happy people are highly social and tend to have strong relationships, children with a richer network of connections grow up to be happier adults and that socialising is one of the most positive everyday activities.
Researchers who specialise in social connection concluded that a deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to belong. When those needs are not met, we struggle to function mentally and physically and that the root of our desires is a need to belong, to be accepted and connected with others.
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Social connection does not just include family and friends, this can be acquaintances who you meet through various recreational group activities or the workplace. Leisure facilities are great places to chat and build acquaintances/friendships with people who enjoy social interaction. However, it is important to be mindful that interacting with negative, judgemental, critical, and unsympathetic people can reverse the positive affects social connection has on your mental wellbeing.
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