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Strengthen Your Social Support

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How can social connectedness strengthen brain health?

Strong social ties add meaning to life. Taking time to cultivate important relationships in daily life can promote psychological well-being, physical health and even longevity.


Interacting with friends may be fun, but your brain is still hard at work. Social connectedness can help fortify neural networks, improve attention and provide extra support in challenging times, whereas isolation correlates with increased risk of anxiety, depression and dementia.


  • Show appreciation for those around you.
  • Reconnect with important people in your life.
  • Listen to others, with a focus on understanding what is most important to them.
  • Communicate with friends and loved ones, with a focus on communicating what is most important to you.

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