When we talk about ways to make our bodies healthier, we often think about changing our food and fitness habits. While diet and exercise do help keep your mind and your body healthy, they are not the only factors in a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining strong, positive relationships with your romantic partner, your family, and your friends, is a big component of keeping yourself healthy and happy.
Humans are biologically social. That means that we are hard-wired for relationships and need day-to-day interactions with others to keep ourselves functioning. If you find yourself sleeping a lot, or feeling sad or depressed, the reason may be that you are lonely and in need of companionship.
A recent study has shown that a person’s risk of death increases if they are lonely. The reasoning behind this is that a social life and the support system built from relationships can benefit a person in many ways. Having someone to talk to relieves stress and can improve feelings of self-worth. Additionally, sharing life with people gives meaning to life, and can also help you deal with the struggles and curveballs a lot easier. Plus, the study theorized that friendships, family ties, and romantic partners may even help your body’s immune system and help you better recover from illnesses.
So today, I challenge you.
I challenge you to make a new friend, reconnect with an old one, tell someone you care about them and appreciate them. You’ll be surprised at how much happier and healthier you’ll feel when you can share your life with the people around you.