Social interaction is good on many levels: emotional, physical, mental and longevity. Being social is something most people just do, by nature a social creature. Socializing comes naturally or is a part of one’s daily life and most likely includes a close circle made up of family and friends. Social interchange can reduce stress, improve our mood, and even foster self-esteem. Devoting time to developing a strong support network and close community connection is a good way to meet a daily social need and improve the quality of one’s physical and mental wellbeing. A hearty circle can inspire and challenge.
There is no need to over think being social. Be yourself. Project confidence and maintain a positive demeanor. Be sincere and remember to participate equally when interacting with others. Avoid telling people what you think they want to hear in an attempt to impress or influence them. Mind your manners, when entertaining be a gracious host or when attending an event be a pleasant guest. Listening is key, and then provide your opinion or views where appropriate. Social manners are also important in this world of technology dependency, avoid talking or texting when conversing with others. Your attention should be on your current event.
Another factor to consider when you socialize; are you introvert or extrovert? Which one do you believe to be true about those in your circle? People think an extrovert is a person who is sociable and gregarious; this might be true. However, an extrovert is an individual who is invigorated by being around people, which is opposite of an introvert, who may seek to be alone. Introverted people are not motivated to be in social settings; however, they still enjoy and require social interaction and most likely have a very tight network of friends. They are not a fan of socializing but hate to be alone or feel they are on the outside looking in. Extroverts do not enjoy a lot of alone time or downtime. An extrovert will talk to people, even strangers in the grocery store line or strike up a conversation at a networking event with an unknown guest.
Extroverts like to conceptualize while engaging in a conversation and an introvert will likely reflect on the topic before sharing their opinion. Extroverts think while they are speaking while introverts typically think before they speak. Extroverts thrive on social situations; seeking them out as they take pleasure in being around people. Their gift for small talk makes them appear to be a 'social' expert, while surprisingly introverts have little difficulty talking with people. It’s likely they will not be the instigator of a conversation like their extroverted counterparts.
Socializing is necessary no matter your personality type or communication style; however, you should partake in a good balance of social and alone time.
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