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7 health benefits of socialising and human interactions

Meeting and greeting may be great for your overall health.

Written by Sandhya Raghavan | Updated : November 24, 2017 11:00 AM IST



Introverts and shy ones can stop reading. Meeting and socialising with people may not be such a bad thing after all. Science believes that there are health benefits to social interaction. Here are seven reasons why you should go ahead with that outing with friends you've been putting off for a while.



You live longer: It doesn't get any better than this. Human interactions and social support helps you extend your life span. Studies on elderly diabetics have shown that increased interactions with others help in reducing mortality. Family relationships and emotional support foster the feeling that someone cares about you, and this can positively impact your life expectancy.[1] [2] Also Read - Yoga Asanas To Boost Digestion



You are less prone to infections: You can either stave off a cold by staying away from people or spending time with them. The best option would be the latter, of course. Study says that extroverts tend to have a sharper, more effective immune system than the introverts. [3]


Heart Health

It's good for your heart: Not just in the figurative sense, but also in the literal sense friends and an active social life can be good for your heart. Study says that reduced social participation is associated with increased chances of first-time acute myocardial infarction. [4] Also Read - Arka To Jati: 10 Remarkable Benefits Of These Herbs And Leaves



You become more productive: People think that those who don't engage in workplace chit chat are the ones who get things done. But here's news! An MIT study found that workers who socialised more during breaks were more productive than those who didn't.



Your brain gets sharper: Bantering, debating and chatting with people can be exciting and your brain likes it too. Social ties help in preserving brain health and delay memory loss as we age according to a study. It showed that the elderly in the age groups of 50 to 60 who socialised had the slowest rate of memory decline. [5] Also Read - PM Modi To Inaugurate Three National Ayush Institutes On Dec 11



Good for mental health: No matter how big a misanthrope you are, you cannot survive without a little help from your friends. Loneliness and isolation have been tied to declining mental health and increase risk of depression, especially in the elderly.[7]