We have a deep need for “real” social connections, and research indicates supportive relationships are good for us in various ways. However, recent research also shows that deep social connections seem to be on the decline in present-day society, and on-line social networks may not be a good substitute.
Although friends and family can be challenging at times, they can also have a positive effect on our cognitive health. Research has shown that more social engagement is associated with less cognitive impairment, including dementia. Other studies have shown that certain types of interactions and social engagement can boost our ability to perform complex cognitive tasks. Are you approaching your social interactions and relationships the right way, and do you know how they affect and fit with the rest of your Life EcoSystem?