Amintro-Ladies_CocktailsSome say laughter is the best medicine. We say it’s friendship.

You know that feeling you get after a good night’s sleep – refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world? This same feeling of wellbeing occurs with exercising, eating well, and even after socializing. Many studies have been done on the link between health and strong relationships – be it with a spouse, family, friends or the community – and have found that these social connections play a powerful role in our overall health.

According to this Harvard Health Publication a study of more than 309,000 people found that a lack of strong relationships had an effect on a person’s mortality that was comparable to smoking upwards of 15 cigarettes a day. Conversely, those with strong relationships have shown to have fewer health problems and live longer.

Why is this?

For starters, the sense of comradery offers a tremendous mental boost; friends are there to celebrate with you in the good times and lend a shoulder or ear when things get tough. Beyond this, friends prevent loneliness, social isolation and depression. Strong relationships can also:

  • Increase a person’s sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost levels of happiness
  • Reduce stress
  • Ease the transition of major life changes or help cope with bad news
  • Encourage healthy behaviours while discouraging unhealthy lifestyles or habits

 

Amintro-OlderCoupleFriendAnother great benefit? Maintaining a variety of friendships can lower the risk of developing dementia. Scientists believe this is because juggling many relationships exercises the brain.

Now, what if you don’t currently have a large social group? Or what if your current relationships aren’t that strong?

The good news is, it is never too late to make a change, make a connection, and build new relationships.

Amintro is a social app designed exclusively for those aged 50 plus looking to make new friends, expand their social circles, and get the most out of life. Membership is free, and enables you to connect with like-minded individuals online and then head out to connect in person in your community. It is a safe, easy, and effective way to meet people.

Learn more about Amintro, our community and how to become an Amintronian by following us on Twitter: @AmintroLiving, or liking us on Facebook: AmintroLiving.

Amintro is free, friendship is free, but the relationships you create are rich and rewarding!

By Christine Tompa