A pub with good cheer far more than a wa­ter­ing hole

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

A LO­CAL wa­ter­ing hole can im­prove your so­cial well­be­ing and friend­ship cir­cle, re­search re­veals.

Psy­chol­o­gist Dr Pe­ter Jona­son said so­cial in­ter­ac­tion was hugely ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple’s lives.

“Of more than 1200 Aus­tralians that were en­gaged in the re­search, h, those who had a lo­cal l l scored more pos­i­tively on a num­ber of mea­sures of men­tal and so­cial well­be­ing,” Dr Jona­son said.

“It ap­pears hav­ing a lo­cal can be good for your state of mind. The abil­ity to shake hands and put an arm around a friend are es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents for cop­ing with stress.” Queens­land Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bernie Ho­gan said a pub was a hub in m many towns. “They pro­vide a cen­tral meet­ing p point for cel­e­brati tions, or just for hav­ing a quiet chat on a Sun­day af­ter­noon.” The study was car­ried out by the Univer­sity of Western Syd­ney, on be­half of Lion Beer Aus­tralia.

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