Hello and welcome back for our second edition of Monday’s Mindful Minute!
The world we live in is one of endless opportunity. We have access to education, resources, and social networks that no generation before us could even dream about. And yet, young people in our society also have the highest rates of loneliness and depression than any other time in history. Why is that?
Humans are social animals and by interacting with others, we reap benefits that are vital to both our physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, several researchers have studied the effects of a strong social network and found that they can reduce our chances of getting a number of health related issues as we age including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. The protective properties of human social interaction can stretch far beyond the initial effects and even help our ability to cope with stress in future situations.
“Face-to-face contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters and, like a vaccine, they protect you now, in the present, and well into the future, so simply […] shaking hands, giving somebody a high-five is enough to release oxytocin, which increases your level of trust, and it lowers your cortisol levels, so it lowers your stress.” -Susan Pinker
On the surface, the interactions we have through technology seem to satisfy our desire for connection, but these are often short-lived. The true benefits are only realized when we invest time into our communities and build a foundation of trust in those relationships. There is no substitute as powerful as face to face communication for achieving this goal.
This week we’re challenging you to go out and make a new connection so that you can see the benefits for yourself!
Log-in to Reality with the Case Coaster
-Casey and Brenden