Happy Fourth of July: How Socializing Benefits Your Brain!

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It turns out that socializing with friends and family on a holiday like the Fourth of July is great for your personal happiness and your brain health. This is because socializing is what humans were made for. In fact, according to neuroscientists, your brain will automatically switch to socialization mode when not otherwise occupied.

The benefits of socializing are impressive. It can make you happier for one, which can have a strong impact on your physical and mental health as well, and it can also contribute to brain reserve. This is true for people of all ages, but especially critical as we get older. According to one study, scientists at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found that cognitive decline was 70% less among people who engaged in frequent social activities. Another study by researchers at Utah’s Brigham Young University report that loneliness and isolation can increase the risk of premature death by as much as 30%.

All of these findings point to the real implications that socialization has on our physical and mental well-being. Even if you do not live close to family and friends there are still many ways you can keep yourself in the company of others, including volunteering with an organization, joining a club or taking a class. Your brain will benefit purely by being in the company of others, not to mention new tangible skills you may gain along the way.

So while you are flipping burgers and watching a fireworks display with friends and family this Fourth of July, you can also celebrate the fact that you are doing something great for your brain in the process!

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