The fragility of hyper individualism and the nuclear family are leaving us lonely and stressed.
Mia Birdsong, How We Show Up
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of Americans do not feel connected to their local community
of U.S. young adults report experiencing loneliness, and 59% of adults.
poor or insufficient social connection is associated with increased risk of disease, including a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke
Loneliness and social isolation increase the risk for premature death by 26% and 29% respectively
Top Ten Factors of Longevity
Dr Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a researcher at Brigham Young University focused on the long-term health effects of social connection. Her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality.
A subjective distressing experience that results from perceived isolation or inadequate meaningful connections, where inadequate refers to the discrepancy or unmet need between an individual’s preferred and actual experience.
Objectively having few social relationships, social roles, group memberships, and infrequent social interaction. Social isolation can also be defined as being in the same physical space as others, but being alienated, invisible, not seen.
These are the people that you can call on, who will call the doctor if you’re not feeling well or who will take you to the hospital, or who will sit with you if you’re having an existential crisis, if you’re in despair, loan your money or watch your children. Those people are a strong predictor, if you have them, of how long you’ll live.
This means how much you interact with people face to face as you move through your day. How many people do you talk to? And these mean both your weak and your strong bonds, so not just the people you’re really close to. Those daily interactions are one of the strongest predictors of how long you’ll live.
The relationships, interactions, and ties that people share with family, friends, colleagues, others in their community, and broader social groups. The functions these relationships serve, and their positive or negative qualities
Building and sustaining your village is a matter of life and death.
Susan Pinker, author of The Village Effect