Facilitating patient use of naturally occurring social relations and community-based interventions may be more successful than providing social support through hired personnel..The magnitude of this effect is comparable with quitting smoking and it exceeds many well-known risk factors for mortality (e.g., obesity, physical inactivity.).The overall effect remained consistent across a number of factors, including age, sex, initial health status, follow up period, and cause of death, suggesting that the association between social relationships and mortality may be general.
This is rather startling… the strength of our social network will have more positive effect on our health than all the other lifestyle things we are hit with repeatedly- the weight loss industry, stopping smoking, vegetable eating etc.
(Perhaps we should all get together to share a good smoke and to eat large amounts of chocolate!)
It was part of a presentation done at this conference that I almost went to-
So living in loving community is good for you- in every physical sense imaginable.
It is the way we humans were made.
And it is the best that we can become.