We all know how nice it is to get together with friends and new acquaintances at various Widowed Friends of Halton events, but what we might not realize is all the hidden advantages being a member of the group provides.
Did you know that one of the biggest factors in your overall health is how connected you are to your community? Of course this includes family and friends, but being a part of a larger empathetic community like WFH also provides both support and diversion that is helpful when rebuilding our lives.
One theory scientists are researching is that community connections help trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones, which if left unchecked can adversely affect coronary arteries, insulin regulation, and the immune system. Interestingly, evidence suggests that the life-enhancing effects of social support extend to the giver as well as to the receiver so all those warm chats, well wishes and hugs at each WFH event are good for all of us!
Here are a couple of articles we’ve found that provide some more detail. Just click on the links to read each article.
- The One Great Fear Among the Widowed & How To Overcome It
- Loneliness Hurts: Senior Health More Than About Disease
What has your experience been? Have you seen benefits from being a member of WFH? Share your experiences by entering your thoughts in the Comment box.