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Connect Your Way to Happiness

Connect Your Way to Happiness

December 21, 2021

Ready for a fresh start?

Discover how community living can supercharge your wellbeing and make for a happy retirement. 

From improving your mental health to boosting longevity, maintaining social connections is an essential component in overall wellbeing.

In fact, according to a review of research by Brigham Young University in Utah, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. The studies involved more than 308,000 participants in total, and subjects were followed for an average of 7.5 years.

It’s hard to believe something as simple as picking up the phone to call a childhood friend or making a new acquaintance can deliver such dramatic benefits. People who are socially connected not only live longer—they’re also better at fighting off infectious diseases thanks to a stronger immune system.

Regardless of age, maintaining a regular social life can be challenging—whether there are financial or emotional factors to consider—or just finding motivation! This is where the benefit of living as part of a retirement community such as Blue Hills Village is crystal clear.

The power of community

It’s all in the name—living as part of a retirement community means you now belong to a community of like-minded people. In fact, so many aspects of the village are geared towards community-minded living—from the design, fit-out and facilities to the lifestyle amenities and activities on offer.

While its essential retirement villages provide an environment that nurtures the social lives of residents, nobody enjoys a forced social situation! Having the freedom to do as much, or as little as you like, is equally important in the overall picture of your wellbeing.

An active community lifestyle that combines newfound freedom with exciting new opportunities is central to the Blue Hills Village lifestyle. Whether it’s a casual get-together or an organised barbecue, there’s always a place to enjoy with friends within the village itself. Feel like enjoying your own company? That’s fine too—simply enjoy one of the many peaceful spots within the lovely, landscaped surrounds.

Feeling a little more social? You’re in luck at Blue Hills Village with an endless array of activities, events and opportunities to work those connections. Catching up with your inner circle or making a new acquaintance is a breeze during a club activity such as card games, or on an organised shopping excursion or trip to the cinema.

For those who like combining sports and social, indoor bowling, billiards and darts is yours to enjoy in the heart of the village. With lounge and dining facilities, it’s a perfect spot to wind down and chit-chat with pals.  But that’s not all! With the ever-changing line-up of recreational activities from dinner dances and movie nights to line dancing, Ukulele group and Scrabble showdowns, it’s the ultimate pick & mix for you to enjoy every day.

A timely reminder to connect

Without a doubt, 2021 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone. Navigating our mindset through lockdowns and isolation has only underlined the importance of maintaining our connections with family, friends and community. As we look towards a new year, now’s the perfect time to discover (or rediscover!) why belonging to a community can help shape a positive outlook for many years to come.

 

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors.
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