Man is a social being, and being around other people is a popular way to alleviate stress, find motivation for useful activities, entertainment or comfort in difficult times. But what does science have to say about it? How do social contacts affect health or life expectancy? Let's see what the test and reseatch results show.
Scientific research combines loneliness and social isolation with an increased risk of many physical and mental diseases, such as:
People who suddenly lost social support as a result of the death of a partner, separation from friends and family (e.g. as a result of moving or emigration), retirement, loss of leaving home or lack of transport, are at a particular risk.
According to many scientific research, social contacts have at least 8 advantages. Here they are:
A 2017 study found that 80-year-olds who have close friends have long-term memory as good as if they were 30 years younger. Positive social contacts determined a great memory for memories of the past.
From holding a loved one's hand in pain, kissing a broken child's knee to hugging a furry friend when you have a migraine - touching a loved one works like a painkiller. It is possible that this is due to the secretion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that reduces pain.
Admittedly, "only" by 2%, but for some, this 2% is the difference between winning with cancer and death. In the face of the increasing incidence of various types of cancers, each method, especially without annoying side effects, is at a premium.
A 2017 Dutch study found that loneliness increases the risk of prediabetes by 60%. In turn, socially active people have a lower risk of developing type II diabetes.
According to a 2017 study, teens who have close friends are not only happier as young adults, but also suffer less from depression and anxiety disorders during their lifetime. It is important because depression "reigns" among the most common diseases of millennials.
The situation is similar in the case of social seniors who put friends first - they feel a greater level of satisfaction with life than their lonely peers.
Compared to lonely people, regardless of age, gender, initial health status or the final cause of death. So if you want to live a long life, you don't have to go to the gym right away - all you have to do is find company. In the Internet age, you don't even have to leave your home to find your "tribe" - people with similar views, sense of humor or interests - all you have to do is want ... and leave the house.
Although Christmas gluttony at the table or getting up at night seems to distract you from healthy habits, these social activities support heart health - they lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood of stroke and coronary heart disease.
In the autumn-winter season, it seems reasonable to refrain from socializing, but they act as the best vaccine. And social isolation lowers immunity and increases the likelihood of getting flu and colds. Trips to crowded shopping centers are not recommended, but going out for a coffee with a friend - yes.
As you can see, people engaged in productive and valuable activities with others live longer, have a better mood and sense of meaning in life. These activities help them to maintain well-being and health for many years.
No more complaining. We get up from the couch and move to the people! What are you still doing here? ?