Dr. Lisa Jaremka, Ph.D. is the Director of the Close Relationships and Health Lab at the University of Delaware, and has done some research on how meaningful social connections may be just as important to your well-being as a healthy diet.
Check out what her research on breast cancer patients and how their social connections affected their brain health too.
She stated, in this article in Psychology Today “The new research reiterates an important idea: Physical health and mental health are not just impacted by illness and disease, but also by these somewhat more abstract phenomena of whether you feel loved or cared for, whether you are socially engaged, and whether you take notice of these engagements. Meaningful social connections can be as fundamental to someone’s well-being as a healthy diet. Just as we must have nutrition to live and thrive, we also need the sustenance of our social connections as well.”