Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. And, the social support of family and friends has been shown to reduce the psychological and physiological consequences of stress and may enhance immune function.
Unfortunately, when overwhelmed with depression, like many people struggling with mental illness, I used to give in to my urge to isolate and spiral into a deep pit of despair and loneliness. But, over time, I have learned that sustaining and nurturing my connections with family and friends, and seeking their love and support is key to my recovery and wellness. Over the years, these social connections have offered me hope and healing.
In this blog post, I am excited to share articles and videos on the healing power of social connectedness. And, invite you to nurture your connections with family and friends and tap into their healing power to enhance your collective health and well-being.
Social Network’s Healing Power is Borne Out in Poorer Nations
By Shankar Vedantam
Psychiatrist Naren Wig crossed an open sewer, skirted a pond and, in the dusty haze of afternoon, saw something miraculous. Krishna Devi, a woman he had treated years ago for schizophrenia, sat in a courtyard surrounded by religious pictures, exposed brick walls and drying laundry. Devi had stopped taking medication long ago, but her articulate speech and easy smile were eloquent testimony that she had recovered from the debilitating disease. Few schizophrenia patients in the United States are so lucky, even after years of treatment. But Devi had hidden assets: a doting family and an embracing village that never excluded her from social events, family obligations, and work.
Connect to Thrive:
Social Connection Improves Health, Wellbeing, and Longevity
By Emma Seppala, Ph.D
We all know the basics of health 101: eat your veggies, go to the gym and get proper rest. But how many of us know that social connection is as important? Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. On the flip side, a strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression
Wishing you wellness,