Being sociable is good for your health
Posted on July 28, 2010 Comments (7)
Holt-Lunstad’s team reviewed 148 studies that tracked the social interactions and health of 308,849 people over an average of 7.5 years. From these they worked out how death rates varied depending on how sociable a person was.
Being lonely and isolated was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic. It was as harmful as not exercising and twice as bad for the health as being obese.
Open access paper: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review.