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Most U3A classes and activities are conducted in an atmosphere of fun and friendship, and this is important in reducing the negative effects of social isolation as we age.
Those responsible for organising and facilitating a wide range of classes in U3As are conscious ot the need for inclusiveness and social interaction – and just having fun as part of a group.
There are important psychological benefits to this approach as well. Spending quality time with friends or loved ones can just feel good for the soul. Ever left a gathering with friends and felt refreshed and jovial? Time spent with those that you trust and that care about you is good for everyone. Too much time time on your own can make you feel lonely and out of touch so it is important to make an effort to spend time with others.
Benefits of Socialization:
Social networks and online interactions may give people a false sense of connectedness. We still need physic in-person connections for our own mental health. Schedule time with friends (in-person) on a regular basis to avoid loneliness. It doesn’t have to be a full night out. It could be a 15 minute walk with a neighbour or meeting up for a quick coffee.