You might do many things when you want to care for your physical health: exercise more, get better quality sleep and eat a healthy diet.

But what about your mental health and brain health? One of the best things you can do for your mental health (and overall health) is to get together with friends and return to making social connections in person.

The Health Benefits of Social Events and Spending Time With Friends

This aspect of health has come to be known as social health, and good social health is strongly associated with good mental and physical health. In fact, one study found that the strength of a person’s social support circle predicted happiness, well-being, and stress levels more than fitness tracker data.

After engaging in online socialization during the pandemic, many people wonder whether virtual events are just as good. The short answer to that is “Not quite.”

So, what is it about heading to in-person events, social gatherings, and local events that boost all aspects of health so much?

Couple smiling, eating and painting at Create a Ukulele event.

Virtual vs. In-Person Events

While virtual events still allow for social interaction and spending quality time together, three critical components make real-life interactions stand out:

  • Immersion
  • Engagement
  • Meaning

These three components make all the difference in a person’s social health. They are also the most significant advantages in-person events have over virtual events.

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Benefits of In-Person Events

Key benefits of in-person events include:

Immersion

In-person events near you allow you to immerse yourself more in the experience. You have a much broader appreciation for the activity and the people you’re spending time with—whether a best friend, family member or colleague.

Engagement

With in-person events, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with event attendees on a level that is more personal, more meaningful, and of higher quality. Even though you’re engaged with others somewhat during a virtual event, it’s certainly not on the same level as the engagement that a live one offers.

There are plenty of distractions during virtual events, and everyone has a limited field of view — not to mention limitations that arise because of the event technology (or the lack thereof) participants have at their disposal.

Meaning

In-person events hold deeper meaning for most people, whether snorkeling off a fishing boat in the ocean, participating in a paint-and-sip event or anything in between. The relationships that can bloom from these events are usually more meaningful and profound than those curated only virtually.

While there are exceptions, in-person events generally give people more and better opportunities to experience greater satisfaction and socialization than virtual events. This effect also explains why, even after meeting someone virtually and speaking with them for a long time, many people still want to meet each other in person.

Group making planters together with Paint Nite/Yaymaker.

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Enhanced cognitive skills
  • Better mental health
  • Increased social ties and a sense of community
  • An effective way to relieve stress
  • Helps you to live longer

Plan an In-Person Night Out!

The benefits of in-person events cannot be overstated. Why not plan a fun-filled evening for you and your loved ones to catch up over drinks while everyone paints together? A paint-and-sip event may be just what you need.

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Schedule your special event with PaintNite.com now!