Friday, January 21, 2005

Social Ties Improve Health

According to the Mayo Clinic, family and friends offer a psychological buffer against stress, anxiety, and depression. Social support can boost the immune system and help those already ill cope better with medical conditions. "People in your social network may subtly or directly encourage you to change unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking or excessive drinking," the clinic said. "Or they may urge you to visit your doctor, which can prevent problems from escalating."
If you want to expand your network, the clinic offers these suggestions:
  • Take your dog to a dog park or go for a walk and chat with those who pet the dog
  • Eat out at least once a month with a friend or famiy member
  • Join a hobby group or take a community education class to meet others with similar interests.


If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. Where there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
--Chinese Proverb

Have you ever needed a saying to carry you through a difficult day or help you solve a problem?