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Learn the Upsides of Socializing

At every age and stage of development, people need each other. Children depend on their parents and caregivers for food, shelter, and comfort. Teens need adults for guidance and support. And adults work together to accomplish everyday tasks, discover new things, and navigate big life decisions. You play an important role in your family and friends’ lives, and their role in yours has countless benefits.

Learn the chemistry of closeness.

Feel better after a get together? There are scientific reasons why you experience a boost in your mood after socializing. Whether you mingle in big groups or socialize with one friend at a time, your body releases hormones that can calm you down, lower your heart rate, and improve your immune system. Learn more about what you get out of good relationships.

Build a well-balanced life.

Staying connected to a community can positively impact several areas of your life. Join a group that shares your hobby, religion, sport, or activity to feel less lonely. Do volunteer work to help an organization you care about to gain a sense of purpose, feel fulfilled, and meet new people. The relationships you build can help you stay more physically active, emotionally supported, and creatively inspired.

First, be a good friend.

How would you describe a good friend? Do you want them to be good listeners, trustworthy, empathetic, and fully engaged when you’re together? To build healthy relationships, try to treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

Be consistent.

Quality and quantity of time are both important in building and maintaining healthy relationships. Whether you communicate in person, text, phone calls, video chats, or a combination of these, it’s important that you connect with family and friends regularly to continue to feel close to each other.

Focus on how you feel.

Not all relationships are good for you. As you nurture current connections and create new ones, pay attention to how you feel. Does socializing with certain friends or family members make you feel happy, calm, energetic, and revived? Or do you feel drained, frustrated, or disrespected? Prioritize the relationships that make you feel good and learn more about what to look for in a friend.

Community equals connection. Join groups that match your interests to meet new people. The MOBE Community Facebook page is a great place to start.

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