Social connection

Human beings are social animals, that require frequent interactions with others to create both deep connections, but also fleeting acquaintances. The quality and quantity of social connections impacts your health and longevity as well as your overall fulfilment. During your life and particularly when you go through a new life stage or transition you need to think about how you maximise opportunities to be social.

How to keep social as we age


The impact of social connection

Many longitudinal studies have shown correlation between strong social bonds and an increase in longevity as well as contributing to a happier and more fulfilled life. Details on how social connection impacts you


What impacts your social connections

Our social network changes throughout our lives, influenced by the work we do, whether we have children and where we live. Anticipating these changes and preparing for these transitions will mean you are more socially connected. Events that impact your social circle


Creating more social connections

At some point in most peoples lives they will find that they no longer have the same quality or quantity of friends and family around them. There are many ways in which you can combat this by taking up hobbies, volunteering or becoming more active in the community. Ways to improve your social connections

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Fixed Mindset

This is the type of mindset that believes that how good you are at something is predetermined by your intelligence and therefore can not bbe improved with more effort.

Growth Mindset

This is the type of mindset where you believe hard work will change an outcome and is not based on your natural abilities.


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People who have lived to over 100 years old.

Blue zones

These are geographical areas where a high proportion of people live to 100 or above. The areas are; Sardinia in Italy, Ikaria in Greece, Loma Linda in California, Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica.

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