In a world that thrives on fast-paced, constant communication, the loss of one’s ability to hear can lead to a profound sense of social isolation. So can grief, isolated living conditions, mental health issues, and physical or medical impairments. But staying social is so important for our overall well-being. 

Human beings are inherently social creatures. Fostering meaningful connections with others plays a vital role in our overall happiness, physical and mental well-being. But why is social engagement so important? And how does it positively impact our lives?  

1. Connection and Belonging

From the moment we’re born, we crave connection and a sense of belonging. Social engagement allows us to create deep and meaningful relationships, whether they be with family, friends, or our wider community. These connections provide us with a support system during hard times, celebrate our wins, support us through our losses, and offer a sense of shared experiences. Feeling connected and belonging enhances our self-esteem, improves our resilience, and ultimately contributes to our overall well-being.  

2. Emotional Support and Mental Health

Human beings are complex creatures with a vast range of emotions. Social engagement provides us with a safe space to express ourselves, share our thoughts and feelings, and receive emotional support from those who care about us. Simply talking about our problems and concerns with a trusted friend or family member can significantly alleviate stress and anxiety. Engaging socially also helps combat loneliness and depression, as it reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles.  

3. Social Isolation and Dementia

The detrimental effects of social isolation on our well-being extend beyond emotional and mental health. Research has indicated a strong link between social isolation and an increased risk of developing dementia. Prolonged periods of isolation can contribute to cognitive decline and accelerate the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Engaging in social activities, maintaining regular social connections, and participating in stimulating conversations and interactions can help preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. By prioritizing social engagement, we not only safeguard our mental well-being but also promote long-term brain health. Image from the University of Queensland, What causes dementia. 

4. Personal Growth and Learning

Social engagement exposes us to diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas, fostering personal growth and expanding our horizons. Engaging in meaningful conversations and discussions allows us to broaden our understanding of the world and challenge our own perceptions. Through social interactions, we gain insights, learn new skills, and develop empathy, all of which contribute to our personal development. Engaging with others helps us see beyond our own limitations and opens new opportunities for learning and growth.  

5. Increased Happiness and Life Satisfaction

Numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between social engagement and happiness. Engaging with others, whether through shared activities, conversations, or experiences, brings joy and fulfillment into our lives. Building strong social connections not only enhances our mood but also boosts our overall life satisfaction. Engaged individuals tend to have a more positive outlook, better self-esteem, and a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.  

6. Physical Health Benefits

Surprisingly, social engagement not only benefits our mental well-being but also has effects on our physical health. Strong social connections have been linked to a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of chronic diseases, and even increased longevity. Engaging in social activities often involves physical movement and encourages a healthier lifestyle. Furthermore, having a network of supportive friends and family members can provide motivation and accountability for adopting and maintaining healthy habits.  


In a world increasingly dominated by technology and digital interactions, prioritizing social engagement is more important than ever. During the pandemic, isolation became the unwelcome norm, but post pandemic, nurturing meaningful connections, engaging in face-to-face interactions, and actively participating in our communities can significantly improve our well-being. By remaining socially engaged, we build connections and belonging, receive emotional support, promote personal growth, increase happiness, and even enhance our physical health.   We all have a role here. By bridging the gap between silence and connection, we can enhance lives and boost the human spirit. Fostering meaningful connections with others plays a vital role in our overall happiness and mental well-being. Can you think of someone who may be experiencing social isolation right now?  You can use the Ambient Menu to find a quiet, non-stimulating place to chat and catch up. It can make a world of difference to them both physically and mentally. So let’s embrace the power of social engagement and reach out to someone who may be isolated. It will take them, and you, on a journey of enriching relationships, personal growth, and a more fulfilling life.  

Author: Laura Drexler

Creator of Ambient Menu Masters of Audiology, Bachelor of Health Science Presenter: Audiology Australia SA Chapter Conference 2023, Flinders University 2023, SA Gerontology Conference SA 2022, Audiology Unchained (Independent Audiology Australia) 2023 Awards: Audiology Australia Internship Award, Flinders University Early Career Alumni Award, Help Awards AMP Healthcare Hero. Written for: SA Life, 50 So What, Grandparents Magazine    


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