Social connectedness isn’t about popularity or having many friends.
It’s all about belonging to a group like your local community for the benefit of your health. However, your social connectedness can emanate from the personal relationships you have with individual people.
When you feel that you truly belong to a social community or group, you benefit from the bonds shared with members of the group. Belonging to a social community shows something about who you are.
Your mental and physical health benefits immensely from your social community life and social connectedness. Based on a review of 148 studies in 2010, people who don’t belong and feel less socially connected to a group risk early death than obese people, smokers or drunkards.
We understand the essence of developing social connectedness. Therefore, we offer adults a social community life and therapeutic programs aimed at effectively treating anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
However, improving your social connectedness can also protect and support your health in everyday life.
For instance, you’re less likely to become depressed if you always make new social group connections in your local community.
You’re guaranteed greater health and wellbeing during your transition to retirement or life as a senior if you develop and maintain social group connections. Youths with a social community life also enjoy better wellbeing when they get to university. Large population-based research studies carried out among British, Australian, and American adults also linked social connectedness to positive mental health.