Originally Posted by Amethyst
I also have an issue with the notion of forcing oneself to socialize because it's "healthy." Yes, we are a social species and complete isolation probably isn't good for us. However, I suspect the real health benefits only kick in when the other people actually care about you. That is just my thought.
Another person in full agreement. Being forced to socialise is a cause of stress.
One of the things I am really really looking forward to in retirement is not having to go to office Christmas parties, client events etc etc etc. I'll keep my socialising on a small scale and with people I choose to interact with and/or events that interest me.