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Definition

Regular socializing is an enjoyable way to improve your mood, communication skills, and cognitive performance.

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How to Do It

Engage in social activities on a regular basis.

These activities can range from having dinner with your family to going to a party with your friends.

You should actively seek out interactions with acquaintances too.

In-person socializing in preferable to online text-based or phone communication.

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Benefits

  • May improve mood reduce stress and make you happier [1].
  • May boost cognitive performance [2].
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Time Commitment

30+ minutes

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Why it works

  • Socialising can increase your feeling of belonging within a social group and/or community, which may improve your mood, reduce stress and make you happier [1].
  • Socializing involves many different mental activities. For example, you need to recognise facial expressions, tone of voice, and effectively translate your thoughts and feelings into spoken words. Engaging all of these cognitive faculties makes them easier to use after social interactions [2].
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Suggested Frequency

At least 2 to 3 times a week

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Side Effects

This exercise may only produce benefits if your social interactions are positive. Your mood may be worsened by negative interactions [4]. Try to stay friendly during your regular interactions and stay away from people that may ruin your mood.

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Tom Hanks

Oprah

Matthew Perry

Johnny Depp

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Notes

People who are more social also tend to have better physical health [3]. Whether or not more frequent socialization can improve someone’s health is not known.

If you get anxious about social situations, this habit can be used as ‘Exposure Therapy’, which should help you in the long run.

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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Health  AntiAging  Productivity  Focus  Sharpness
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