Why your friends are more important than you know

by: Bel Marra health | General Health | Friday, June 20, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

heath, social, people, health My husband was at a conference recently about communication and what people really want to know about (where information is instantaneous in our digital era). He works in public relations -. Which means it’s good to talk his way out discharge dishwasher and eat it because of other matters “urgent” and that are evenly matched when it comes to games of Scrabble

Interestingly, as we become more dependent on our high-tech methods of communication, dating, learning, doing homework (anyone tried this robot down the cleaner still?) and so on, the more we long for human touch and face interaction -to face. We are creating all these tools of science fiction to live, food to eat and modified to improve our way of life and our health. But at what cost?

One of the speakers at the conference was Google, the king of all things Internet and clickable. Her crystal Google for presentation, laptop latest fashion that looks like custom shows each Star Trek episode . You can not use them on top of their normal lenses however, but you can take a picture, record a video, read your email and connect to the Internet, using Google services such as search, maps, language courses and so successively. the head is tilted back to light them!

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The idea, explained the representative of Google, it is that technology is moving the things we use that fits perfectly in our lives. Soon, the clocks will be used as phone screens, information and entertainment.

Another speaker at the conference said that people are more interested in the experiences of pleasing appearance that can be identified when it comes to gathering information. When you can find any fact on the Internet and get the answer in seconds, they want to hear the story behind the facts. Thus, in the case of prolonged winter storm and power outage in the area of ​​Toronto in Canada this Christmas, people were interested in personal dramas.

they wanted to hear about what power crews were doing. They were not interested in perfection, the quick fix or how the emergency call center no, I wanted to know what others in the same situation were doing to keep warm and fed. They wanted to hear about how energy workers had given up their holiday vacation with their families to cope with the ice, fallen trees and power lines, and help people.

Despite all this amazing technology and ease of life, we seem to be moving away from the things we really need.

How to make a special meal for our spouse or friend, just because, and lingering over coffee for more than conversation (good conversation is like chicken soup for the soul). They are those simple things in life, things we take for granted like a good chat friends, who bring us the greatest benefit.

Like most organized activities for children to get off the couch and active. health problems related to obesity and youth are on the rise and we must throw away from the isolation of video games and put them back in social and sports clubs.

We need to reach older people living alone, to provide better access to food and other home care services, have someone to check them out in person, beyond a voice in the phone or email.

While I can get behind gadgets and reading books on mobile screens, there is something in all this ease and perfection that does not give us food for the soul. Human experience. Do you really want all your dinner conversations to be interrupted by the need to respond to text messages? What happened to just talk around the table, letting the answering machine take messages and enjoy our food?

Although we all like to know about the news headlines around the world, we are really interested in what is happening in our neighborhoods and on our streets, things that could happen in and get involved in. We are social animals that need connections to be happy and healthy.

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As an overview of 2010 scientific research on social ties and health , published in Journal of Health and Social behavior, demonstrates the importance of this discussion is that our welfare. Social ties influence the health behavior because they influence our habits. Your friend or spouse can inspire or tracking activities that promote health. In fact, our social ties can instill a sense of responsibility and concern for others so we can do things that protect our health and theirs to the same extent. There is no doubt that healthy habits can be infectious and prevent illness and disease.

Harvard researchers have been trying to understand what really matters in life, and what really makes us healthy and happy for 72 years. They followed 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s for the now famous study called Study Grant led by University professor Dr. George Vaillant of Harvard. Participants, including JFK, were interviewed and studied from all angles, including diet, exercise, career changes and financial ups and downs.

Dr. Vaillant identified factors that predict healthy aging as not smoking or abusing alcohol, some exercise, education, stable marriage, social skills and coping methods. But the bottom line on what matters, he concluded, was human relationships – the connections we have with parents, siblings, children, spouses, friends, neighbors and mentors. A happy and healthy life is not reduced to money and power, but the presence of curing people you care about.

Take for the TV remote and make those human connections – behind Facebook activity and smartphone -. Share our lives up close and personal with the people who matter most to you

nothing is lost if they take care of duty washing occasionally either.

Karen Hawthorne is editor in Health and eTalk BelMarraHealth.com. Karen has worked for the National Post, Postmedia News, CBC Radio Vancouver, the Edmonton Journal, the Register of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Cobourg Daily Star, reporting on health news and trends in lifestyle for more than 15 years .

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