"Our research has found if people have good physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being, more social connectedness, and if they perceived themselves to have better coping skills, they will feel they have a better quality of life. Beyond companionship, research also shows being connected to others may help you deal with aging and adjusting to changes you are experiencing, such as pain, stress or illness, in a more positive manner." - Maria I. Lapid, M.D., associate professor of Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic.
Take Action Now
- Reach out. Call one or two friends you have not seen in a while and catch up. Better yet, go out to lunch or dinner to engage face-to-face.
- Use technology. Connect with your family and friends virtually via tools like Facebook, Skype, Instagram, or blogs. Make new connections who share your health concerns and find support in one of Mayo Clinic Connect's groups.
- Volunteer. Find a local non-profit that you admire and volunteer with them. Make an effort to get to know one or two others who volunteer with the group too.