Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or just moved to our Columbus apartments from out of state, you can be sure of one thing: your choice of where to live is often influenced by the people around you.
When you’re looking for apartments in the Short North, Italian Village, or other communities around Columbus, it’s important to consider if you’re near opportunities to make more friends or to be brought closer to your existing network.
Whether you’re looking for a house near The Ohio State campus to live with five of your best friends, or if you’re looking for a one-bedroom for you and your cat, Lykens Companies can help ensure you find the perfect Columbus apartment for your lifestyle. And that perfect lifestyle can be made even better by surrounding yourself with friends and family.
Why living near family and friends is so good for you
Enjoy better physical health
Fitness and health enthusiasts, take heed! There’s more to health than taking walks down to your favorite Short North coffeehouse. You can boost your health and wellbeing simply by surrounding yourself with friends. According to Psychology Today, being around friends can help boost your immune system, so you’re less susceptible to pesky illnesses like colds and the flu.
Furthermore, your friends and help you move on from unhealthy behaviors. They can go on walks with you, hit the gym with you on a Saturday morning, encourage you to follow your passions, and go with you on weekend adventures.
Enjoy better mental health
Even introverts report feeling happier after they’ve hung out with friends. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression, as well as increasing your sense of belonging and purpose.
Since stress (or lack thereof) is closely tied to mental and physical health and wellbeing, we thought this point was extra important. After a tough day at work, sometimes there’s nothing better than hanging out with a couple of friends. After all, friends can be there for you and help you cope with even the hardest experiences that life throws at us.
According to Medical News Today, hanging out with our friends sends a strong signal to our brains to regulate stress and anxiety. It’s almost as if our brains tell us “You’re with your tribe now, there’s nothing to fear!” The more often we hang out with our friends and family, the more resilient we are to stress factors in our lives, like how that major meeting at work may not have gone as planned.
All that stress can take a toll on our overall health, including to our arteries and heart. According to Piedmont.org, “Stress can actually encourage inflammation in the arteries, which is a precursor to clogged arteries….. One study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that people who discussed difficult times in their lives with friends had a lower pulse and blood pressure when they had a friend by their side.”
Not only do our friends help us bust stress, but they also just make us plain old happy. When we hang out with friends, our brains get a hit of the hormone dopamine, which helps us feel good and even has the power to relieve physical pain.
It’s good for your brain.
According to Medical News Today, “Research has shown that by interacting with others, we actually train our brains. Social motivation and social contact can help to improve memory formation and recall and protects the brain from neurodegenerative diseases.”
What do the oldest, healthiest humans on the planet all have in common? Strong social ties. SuperAgers, defined as people in their 80s and beyond who have the mental acuity of much younger people, all have one thing in common: close friends. According to Medical News Today, “SuperAgers…[are] constantly surrounded by family, neighbors, and other members of the community, and all actively support each other. They get together almost every evening to destress and shed the worry of the day.”
The message is clear: invite some friends and family members over to your Columbus apartment for a cocktail at the end of the workweek. It could help all of you destress, wind down, and feel happier.
Want to make $200? Refer your friends and family members to live at any Lykens Companies property by telling your friend to mention your name at the time of the tour or email Lykens Companies directly at email@example.com.
The Importance of Friends as we Age
When you’re in college, it can feel like friendships are all around you, but as you age, you need to make more of an effort to maintain friendships. Maintaining friends after college can become tricky. People move away, have children, and begin caring for their older parents, and suddenly it seems impossible to make time for hanging out. That’s why living close by your friends and family is more important than ever, so you can hang out in your Columbus apartments, meet up for a drink at a Short North bar, take your dogs to a local dog park, or just watch your favorite TV show together.
Many empty nesters search for Columbus apartments in the highly walkable neighborhoods of the Short North, Italian Village, and Victorian Village in order to increase their sense of connectedness and belonging. Moving to a Columbus apartment in a great location is essential to the happiness and wellbeing of many empty nesters. According to research in the journal “Personal Relationships”, friendships are so crucial in old age that friendship was found to be a stronger predictor of wellbeing than having strong family connections. So go out, find your perfect apartment, and gather your friends around your new kitchen for a toast!
Just Moved to Our Columbus Apartments? How to Make Friends
If you just moved to your new Columbus Ohio apartment from out of town, meeting new friends can feel impossible. But it’s not as hard as it seems. Meet new people in the community by taking classes or workshops that sound interesting, or volunteer for a cause you care about. Remember to say hello and give a friendly nod to neighbors, ask them how they’re doing, and say yes to invitations to hang out. Sometimes making new friends means we have to leave our comfort zones, become open, and show an interest in others. Be genuine and be yourself, and in no time, you’ll be hanging out with friends in your spacious Columbus apartment.
Live Near Friends and Family in our Beautiful Columbus Ohio Apartments
Is there anything more exciting than living just a stone’s throw from family and friends? We don’t think so! That’s why we created our Resident Referral Program. Our residents can make $200 by referring their friends, family, and co-workers to come live in any of our apartments in the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, Olde Towne East, and more. All you have to do is email us that you’re sending your friend along at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tell your buddy to mention your name when they sign their lease with us. The more friends you refer, the more money you make, and the more friends you get to live close to!
Now, a bit about Lykens Companies…
With 20 years (and counting) of experience, we believe that Lykens Companies is just getting started on its mission to offer Columbus hundreds of premier apartments, rentals, and renovations. Each day, we are driving toward constantly expanding and improving our business and bettering Columbus, the city we love. For our renters, that means that they are connected to a proven business that is always striving to be the best. Our success isn’t an accident. We are constantly striving to improve our quality, both in the buildings that we renovate, reimagine, and rent out; moreover, we are striving to improve in the way that our business operates. For you, that means the best units and the best service in the best locations.
As we invest our time, money, and energy into the Short North, Victorian Village, Italian Village, and other parts of Columbus’s urban core, it’s nothing short of amazing to step back and see how much we’re able to impact our city, whether that looks like renovating apartments, houses, or even factories like the Wonder Bread Lofts and the forthcoming Budd Dairy project: a full scale reimagining of an old dairy factory into a Cameron Mitchell food hall and state-of-the-art coworking space.
If you’re looking to rent in Columbus, Ohio’s urban core, you’ve come to the right place. We’re confident that it doesn’t get better than us when it comes to finding the absolute best apartments and rentals in Columbus.
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Whether you’re looking for an apartment in the Short North, a rental in Victorian Village, a studio in Italian Village, or a loft in Wonder Bread, our Available Rentalspage will feature all that (and more). We’re constantly adding our newest properties and highlighting that month’s leasing specials. Bookmark it and check often! What if you took two minutes to browse it right now? And don’t forget about our awesome Instagram for updates, new leases, and beautiful photos.
Already a resident? Refer a friend!
At Lykens Companies, we offer a simple and easy referral program to our residents. For each referral of yours who signs a lease, we’ll pay you $200! Be sure to learn everything about this awesome plan and even check out our three methods to actually get your friends to sign a lease.