As you go about your day, think about the locations you find yourself in where new faces are all around you: the coffee shop, the gym, the bookstore, or even the DMV (groan).

Often, you’re in a hurry to get in, get what you’re looking for and get on with your day, but what opportunities for meeting new people could you be missing?

Several networking groups exist simply for the purpose of business owners to get together and discuss their respective businesses, but how often do we leave the meeting and forget the resources we’ve discovered, simply to get on with our own busy days?  

It’s just natural for meeting new people to be daunting. But, in truth, meeting new people can actually be good for your health!

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Meeting new people and truly connecting with them improves your cognitive performance, your mental attitude, physical health and your ability to learn to accept new ideas and ways of thinking.

Mental cognition is improved by stimulating your brain with as little as ten minutes of contact and conversation with a new person. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin [source:]: Actively using the parts of your brain required to talk to other people and process social cues wakes up these parts of your brain and allows for better cognitive scores.

Cognitive performance, such as scoring better on memory tests, is a great thing in all arenas including work and school. This suggests that going out and talking to new folks does more than just make you the life of the party. It also serves to give your brain a workout.

Meeting new people can build lasting friendships, business connections and reduce stress – leading to better overall health in the long run. And who doesn’t want to live a longer and happier life surrounded by friends we can lean on in bad times and share all of our good times with?

So in this new year, make it a goal to meet and really connect with at least one new person a day.

You’ll notice a new attitude begin to develop within yourself and maybe even improve someone else’s day!