Why You Might Want to Mark More Events with Celebrations

Young business woman having fun time catching confetti sitting at the desk in the office. Party time on the work place. Selective focus.The holidays have ended, leaving the season of celebration behind for months. But why stop celebrating? Keeping the party going may have some significant benefits.

Recently published research has found that intentionally recognizing positive life events and achievements while gathering for food and drink leaves people feeling more socially supported.


Feeling more socially supported, known medically as “perceived social support,” is the belief that you have a reliable social network that will be there for you during future negative events.

Research suggests that this belief is associated with an increased lifespan and decreased social anxiety and depression.

The new study found that when celebrations with three criteria – social gathering, eating and drinking, and intentionally marking a positive life event – increase perceived social support.
Taking time to congratulate someone for a life event – like a grandchild getting accepted to university, a child who’s bought their first home or had a promotion at work, an anniversary, a birthday etc. – may produce benefits for everybody involved.

Celebrations that increase perceived social support may be particularly important for places serving populations that are more at risk for loneliness and isolation, like long-term care facilities or community centers.

So, don’t be timid about suggesting a party to celebrate various occasions on a more regular basis. Getting together with people in a celebratory atmosphere to mark an event could have some important health benefits.

Of course, you don’t want to celebrate too frequently. Too much party food and drink could offset the benefits, as well as the fact you don’t want events to lose their lustre. But if you can maybe aim for a monthly celebration or so, you should be doing yourself, and those you care about, some good.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.