In a perfect world, maintaining healthy, fulfilling, and deep connections with other human beings would come effortlessly. Though in reality, some people have a more manageable time with this than others.
Work schedules, obligations at home, emergencies, and other parts of life can sometimes make nurturing interpersonal connections easier said than done. Despite humans beings’ innate wiring to seek out opportunities for socialization, it’s not hard to put relationships on the back burner as something that can wait.
However, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that healthy connections with other people may be more important than they’re given credit for.
A good deterrent against premature death
According to a study from the BMC Medicine journal, people who spend quality time with relatives and friends can avoid having their chances of premature death spike by 39%. On the flip side, folks who trade in these social interactions for other things may regret it later down the line.
BMC Medicine also determined that certain factors (such as whether or not people live by themselves, partake in activities with others, or feel they have loved ones they can confide in) made a difference in whether or not people experienced loneliness.