Hey, guys, listen up because I’ve got a serious health warning for you: Don’t lose that friend. Lose that friend? I thought you were going to tell me to quit smoking, or shun that extra piece of pie and get some exercise.
Sure, it’s well documented that smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle
This warning from America’s top doctor should be taken to heart by single male expats and those considering a move overseas. It’s important that you do because moving to a foreign country with a different culture and different customs presents a unique set of obstacles to maintaining a social network.
From my experience, however, moving to a foreign locale provides a great opportunity to find like-minded souls and build new social connections.
When I first moved to the charming Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende, I almost immediately found myself a part of a diverse group of expats, native Mexicans, and other foreigners. My entry into this collection of remarkable people, however, was through two gringos who were also writers.
We formed a bond, which led to a larger group of people to learn from and enjoy – which, according to Dr. Murthy, helped promote good health for all of us!
But you don’t have to be a writer to meet like-minded people as a new citizen in a foreign country. Join a cycling club or a book club. A chess club. You could volunteer in the community and meet nurturing people that way. Or, you could just hang out at your favorite bar!
Hopefully, you’ll also meet native people in your new city. What better way to discover the secrets and shortcuts to getting around that only a citizen knows.
The trick, though, is to keep in touch with your friends after you’ve made them. That’s where the healthy part comes in and that’s where men tend to have a harder time than women.
It takes effort guys! Your physical and mental health depends on it.
“If you want to go fast,” says an African proverb, “go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
I would be very interested in hearing your knowledge, thoughts, and comments about the importance of men maintaining a strong social network.