All human beings—even the most introverted among us—need contact with other people, whether they be family, friends or acquaintances. Because we are born into social groups and are a part of society, the communal element can’t easily be removed from our natural growth.
If English isn’t your first language and you’re finding that people have trouble understanding you in social situations, it’s time to get help from Kristin Nelson Verhine. Kristin has been a speech-language pathologist since 1998 and has multiple professional certifications. She’ll assist you in becoming more comprehensible when you’re socializing in-person and over the phone. Kristin can even soften strong regional accents, such as those from America’s Deep South.
On that note, here’s some interesting information about the benefits of being in the company of others.
Direct person-to-person contact triggers parts of our nervous system that release a mixture of neurotransmitters whose job it is to regulate our response to stress and anxiety.
Even actions as simple as shaking hands or giving somebody a high-five is enough to release the hormone oxytocin, which increases your level of trust and lowers your stress. Interacting with others trains our brains. Social motivation and contact can help improve memory formation and recall, as well as protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases.
Several recent studies have also linked face-to-face connection with physical health benefits, and better habits with a more healthful lifestyle. Researchers in the Netherlands saw that socially active people have a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, those who didn’t participate in social activities had a 60 percent higher risk of developing prediabetes.
Just being around people who encourage us to keep healthy habits or achieve challenging lifestyle goals can help us remain mindful of our eating, exercise and other lifestyle-related habits.
If you believe your social life would be enhanced with a reduced foreign or regional accent, put yourself in the hands of speech-language pathologist Kristin Nelson Verhine. You can fill out the form on this website or call Kristin at 727-365-8847.