5 Essential Benefits of Daily Phone Conversation
In 1994, a well-known Englishman going by the name of Bob Hoskins coined the famous phrase, “it’s good to talk’.” And while it might be over twenty years old now, those words are more important today than it’s ever been.
The World has changed dramatically since the 1990s. Back then, a good old chinwag over the landline telephone was a regular day to day occurrence in many households worldwide. But not now. In 2020, it has all but been replaced with a text message, a WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram. Brief character counts have replaced our social interactions and daily phone conversations on a small digital screen. Emojis have replaced our sentences and words.
While today’s society has gained many benefits from advancements in technology, it cannot be denied that there have also been a few victims along the way. As the evolution of technology pressed on at full steam ahead, slowly but surely, the art of authentic human communication started to slip away, quietly into the background – and to the detriment of both young and old alike.
The interesting fact that the loss of those daily phone conversations has had a tremendous impact on our society’s mental health and wellbeing. There are far fewer genuine opportunities to connect on a human level for our younger and older populations. The result of this is a dramatic increase in the number of people living with a sense of loneliness and social isolation.
But we do not lose it all. The World starts to pay more attention to the importance of our mental wellbeing. Here are five key benefits we could all receive by re-introducing daily telephone conversations back into our lives:
Benefit 1: Active conversations mean active minds.
Don’t take my word for it – listen to the science. Experts worldwide have spent years studying the impact of human social interaction on the brain’s functioning, and the results are unanimous. Regular, day to day conversations are suitable for the mind. They help to boost our cognitive functions, and they help to keep our minds sharp. In short, daily phone conversations help to keep our minds fit and keep illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia disease at bay.
Benefit 2: Strength in numbers.
I’m sure you’ve heard the noble phrase “strength in numbers” or a “problem shared is a problem halved” – and well, both are true. Having daily phone conversations boost your sense of social wellbeing. Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, a colleague, or a newfound companion, sharing your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and emotions boost your resilience and ability to cope with the pressures that life brings.
Benefit 3: A sense of self-worth.
Something is comforting about knowing there’s someone who genuinely cares for you at the end of the phone. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship where two people talk, and two people listen – you bond. You reminisce. You problem-solve. You debate. As part of a meaningful and authentic conversation, you feel a great sense of self-worth. Just one daily phone conversation reminds you that you have a place in this World, and you matter. And that’s priceless.
Benefit 4: A healthy mind is a healthy body.
According to experts, loneliness and social isolation are a greater risk to our mortality includes suicide, than obesity. There is a long list of potential physical health issues associated with loneliness and social isolation, from heart disease to increased stroke risk. Daily phone conversation is vital to both our mental and physical wellbeing.
Benefit 5: Boost those feel-good vibes.
What do dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin all have in common? Not sure? Well, let me tell you. They are three chemicals our body’s ability to produce in response to positive interactions that make us feel good. And daily phone conversations will help release each one of them.
You might say they are our happy chemicals or our feel-good chemicals. But whatever label you chose, releasing them is excellent for our mind and body. They will come about as a result of having a meaningful daily phone conversation every day.
So whether you’re feeling lonely and isolated, or whether you’re worried that someone close to you might be suffering, you can make a difference by picking up the phone and reaching out.
As Bob Hoskins said, it is “good to talk.”