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Attending community events in your area is a great way to get involved

It is no secret that creating personal relationships is an important part of a person’s mental and emotional health, but in the age of Facebook statuses and Instagram posts it’s easy to be more connected to a screen than another human being.

According to Bruce Rabin, M.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh Mental Center Healthy Lifestyle Program, “people who are lonely have more physical and mental health problems than those who feel connected to others.” One way to maintain social relationships is by getting active in your community, which can improve your mental, emotional, and even physical health.

Attending community events in your area is a great way to get involved. There are usually music and food festivals year-round, which is a great way to learn about the culture of your town as well as interact with the locals. A local dance, exercise, or music class will stimulate your brain as well as promote socialization with others who enjoy the same interests as you. Supporting local sports teams promotes comradery within the community, and you can even set up your own community event to really get a feel for your local area.

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Lending a helping hand is a great way to enhance your mental and emotional health as well as allow your community to thrive. Donating clothes, books, and toys allows you to do your part. Shopping locally helps your community and local businesses to succeed. Volunteer work will make you feel a sense of purpose as well as pride. Check to see if your local animal shelter or food bank needs assistance, especially during the holidays. You will enhance your emotional health by making a difference.

Community involvement is a definite way to avoiding loneliness and key to staying social. Staying active in your community can help to foster friendships and improve your cognitive ability. A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that people with strong, supportive relationships “tend to have lower blood pressure, a smaller waist circumference and body mass index, and lower levels of inflammation than those without these positive social ties.” Becoming involved in your community can be a good stepping stone to enhancing your current social relationships and create new ones, which can greatly impact your health.

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