But worrisomely, a significantly greater percentage of adults reported experiencing a stress level of 8 or higher on the 10-point scale.
Twenty-four percent of American adults reported this extreme level of stress in 2015, up from 18 percent the previous year.
You’re more likely to connect with people who like the things you like.
To get the most out of your social relationships, you have to make an effort. And in fact, when it comes to longevity, research suggests that providing social support to friends and family may be even more important than receiving it. It’s nice to sit down with a friend face-to-face, but it isn't always possible.Luckily, technology makes it easier than ever before to stay connected with loved ones far away.Write an email, send a text message or make a date for a video chat.If you feel particularly anxious in social situations, consider talking to a therapist with experience in social anxiety and social-skills training. If you lack a strong support network and aren’t sure where to start, there are resources you can turn to.Places of worship, senior and community centers, local libraries, refugee and immigrant groups, neighborhood health clinics and local branches of national organizations such as Catholic Charities or the YMCA/YWCA may be able to help you identify services, support groups and other programs in your community.Don’t rely too heavily on digital connections, however.