Integrated health and longevity programme

A prescriptive tool to maximise “social capital” turning the natural and enjoyable process of sociability

the old-fashioned habit of seeing other people in the flesh has its psychological, and therefore physical, advantages

Being sociable can lengthen your life

Being sociable can enhance your work productivity

two neuropeptides – oxytocin and vasopressin – are secreted in the bloodstream when we form and maintain meaningful relationships, and these chemicals help to counter stress and repair wounds.

We live in a health-obsessed age in which we are assailed by reports that tell us what we should and shouldn’t eat and drink and do if we want to live long and well. But one of the principal determining factors for both are our social networks.

Not the mostly illusory ones that exist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but those that involve physical meetings.

People with active social lives have higher cancer survival rates than people who are isolated

“make a meaningful contribution to the world”.

People tend to perform better professionally when they’re in a state of play, White said, noting that “playing” with problems at work sparks creativity.

Many companies are well aware of the power of fun to foster innovation. Google helped blaze the trail years ago when it set up play stations with ping pong, billiards and foosball tables all over its main campus. The company offered free snacks and exercise classes, and it let hundreds of software engineers design their own desks or work stations.
Google encouraged employees to play and collaborate, which it said helped with team-building and cooperation.
Working with professional sports teams, White has taught athletes to “play easy,” rather than “playing hard,” by easing up on a grip or holding their bodies more loosely.
“The best performances occur when they’re playing easy,” White said.
It’s a metaphor, he said, for anyone trying to accomplish a goal: Loosen up a little, have fun, and you’ll see progress.
you’re going to be a lot happier and be more fun to work with,” White said. “You’ll be happier parents, a better spouse, a better partner.”
“I’ve made friends through kickball,” Brown said. “There’s no way that I would’ve ever met any of these folks before: very, very different backgrounds, very different professions.
“Through playing and having fun together, we organize different activities during the week,” he said. “We have a baby shower that we planned. We have a wedding shower. We’re a very close-knit team.”

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. – Chinese Proverb

 

“social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.”

An interesting study from Bringham Young University found that people with social relationships live 50 percent longer than people who are more socially isolated.