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Since I quit my day job in September to become a full-time writer, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Internet doing research and blogging.

Dessert_img_9605_2 So when I was invited to a bridal shower for a member of my niece’s family, I was happy to get out of town for a couple of days.

We had a great time. We laughed and laughed over the Purse Game, where you received points for things in your purse: tape measures, flashlights, pens, pencils, food, coupons, and so on. The Coupon Lady won. She had 36 coupons at six points each. Wow.

Table_img_9585_2 The hostess had set a beautiful table for us and served a great dessert. (See the photos at the right.) After a nice dinner, the bride-to-be opened presents. More stories and laughter.

It was fun to connect with people and improve my social life.

Studies show being isolated can affect your health negatively and even your longevity.

In his book, “Love and Survival – 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health,” Dr. Dean Ornish gives suggestions for how to get more out of life through “opening your heart” and connecting with others.

Ornish’s book is a good reminder that we need to take the time connect with others and have fun.

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