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Being with others boosts our mood

February 10, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “Over and over, our findings suggest that people get depressed when they are alone, and they revive when they rejoin the company of others.” (p. 41)

In other words…
When we spend a lot of time alone, especially when we don’t have a clear goal we are working toward, it is easy for us to become overwhelmed by negativity. In the company of others, however, our minds are usually engaged in some activity or in conversation. When our minds are active it gives us a more positive experience and helps us fight off depression.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Make sure you spend ample time interacting with other people. It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate. A lunch with a coworker or catching up with friends can go a long way toward boosting your mood.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Finding Flow.

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