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An introvert’s guide to healthy social engagement

Being more social is linked with greater health benefits, but what if you’re not comfortable in the company of others?

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Research continues to stress the relationship between social connection and long-term health. Interacting regularly with other people appears to lower your risk for heart disease, depression, and early death.

But what if being social is not who you are? People who are introverts — that is, they prefer time alone over group outings — are often at a disadvantage when it comes to social engagement.