The other disciplines for living well are focused on you the individual. After all, you are the only one who can take responsibility for and engage in the sorts of healthy and positive behaviours (exercise, meditation optimistic thinking etc.) that will be helpful.
Yet at the same time it’s vitally important to acknowledge that living well is not, nor will it ever be, a solo activity. Living well is about both more and better quality relationships. Those who live their life well having a large and strong social network that provide positive encouragement and buffer you against time of stress and illness.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” Helen Keller
Social interaction helps us feel better, but we are still a little less sure how it helps. Nevertheless. Most experts agree that benefits for our wellbeing come from one or more of the following:
- Regular social contact
- Interpersonal and group interactions
- Social activities
The question, we need to ask at all stages of our life is how can I become more socially active because it is vitally important to my health and wellbeing? Hearing loss hits at your communication skills, however I hope you are learning there are still ways to ensure you stay socially active.
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