Monday, May 11, 2009

Be Social

Don't pass up the many opportunities to enhance the social nature of your commute. Buy the morning or evening paper from a person rather than a vending machine. Need fuel? Pay the clerk at the counter rather than just swiping your credit card at the pump. Wave back and smile or play funny-face games with the kids in the backseat of the car in front of you. Stop at a new place for coffee and a sandwich, or a different dry cleaner or flower stand.

Scientific research has repeatedly proved that social deprivation has severe negative effects on overall cognitive abilities. The ongoing MacArthur Foundation projects validate keeping active socially and mentally as critical factors for mental health.

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