Connection Social interaction is essential to every aspect of our health. Research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of life.Benefits of Socialization:Better mental health – it can lighten your mood and make you feel happierLower your risk of dementia – social interaction is good for your brain healthPromotes a sense of safety, belonging and securityAllows you to confide in others and let them confide in youIn-Person ConnectionsSocial networks and online interactions may give people a false sense of connectedness. We still need physical in-person connections for our own mental health. Schedule time with friends (in-person) on a regular basis to avoid loneliness. It doesn’t have to be a full day or night event. It could be a 15-minute walk with a neighbor or meeting up for a quick coffee.Your CircleYour default peer group is at work and relationships at work are important, but relationships outside work are important too. Relationships with neighbors, the parents of your kids’ friends, or others that share common interests with you are good for your well-being. Take a moment to evaluate the people you spend time with and look for ways to branch out if that circle doesn’t go beyond colleagues.Cheers to your health!