Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being.
We are programmed to eat healthy and workout on a regular basis. But how many of us know that social connection is just as important for our mental wellbeing?
One landmark study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
On the other hand, strong social connection:
Strengthens your immune system
Helps you recover from disease faster
May even lengthen your life!
People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative. In other words, social connection generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.
The Benefits of Social Support for happiness
As humans we are social creatures. People with more supportive families and friends are generally happier and more successful in life. We thrive in supportive environments and we need other human beings to reaffirm our existence.
Several studies have proven that being in supportive relationships contributes to our psychological well-being. It benefits us in the following ways: