Celebrating Magenta’s 11th anniversary

The Magenta team were delighted to spend an evening on a rooftop bar in London sharing drinks and nibbles to celebrate Magenta’s 11th anniversary. It was wonderful to have the whole team together (even our Canadian colleague Simon Iatrou was there!)

It’s amazing to see us reclaim face to face social interactions, both personally and professionally (here is our round up from our most recent work event, the Facilities Show). Whether it’s around the coffee machine in the office or out and about at industry events. Social interactions are invaluable at improving our mental wellbeing, but did you know it’s also beneficial to your brain health? Studies have shown that social interactions not only lighten our mood and make us feel happier, but they also lower our risk for dementia. While it’s possible to do this virtually there is no doubting that face to face is best.

Social engagement is vital for brain health

The Global Council on Brain Health has published scientific evidence on the importance of social engagement and brain health. Four in ten (37 per cent) of adults surveyed lacked social connections and reported worse brain health. The report also details a variety of ways that people can stay engaged. This rangea from things like focusing on social activities you enjoy the most to visiting your local shop.

Social engagement promotes good metal health

Humans are born into social groups and live their entire lives as a part of society, so the social element can’t easily be removed from the evolution of an individual. And it’s this idea that makes social interactions necessary for maintaining good mental health. Studies have shown that face to face social contact is proven to reduce depression and anxiety. And there is no doubting that the connections we make face to face are far stronger.

So, with the world opening up it’s our chance to break our isolation habits and get out and about. The benefits are far too good not to!

Katina Byford-Winter