Connectedness ... is it really that important?
Well, glad you asked. The answer is yes!
Research has a lot to say about connectedness. Some studies have shown having a strong social connection has been linked to ...
- a 50% increased chance of longevity of life.
- strengthening our immune system.
- helping speedier recovery from disease.
- lowered rates of anxiety and depression.
- increased self-esteem.
The lack of a social connection is ...
- A greater detriment to your health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
- Directly connected with prediction of vulnerability to disease and death.
- Generally associated with declines in physical and psychological health.
- A higher propensity to antisocial behavior that leads to further isolation.
Loneliness is a leading reason for people seeking counseling. Studies have found that 1 in 4 people say they have no one to confide in. Dr. Brene Brown, a renowned specialist in social connection, says,
"A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don't function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick. ...We are profoundly social creatures. We may think we want money, power, fame, beauty, eternal youth or a new car, but at the root of most of these desires is a need to belong, to be accepted, to connect with others, to be loved."
Scientists have even found that the parts of the brain stimulated by physical pain, are the same parts stimulated by social rejection. It's probably safe to say the need for connection is very real!
There is a good reason why God said it's not good for man to be alone. Scientists have even seen twins reach out for each other in the womb as early as 14 weeks. Ponder on this ... perhaps the truth is, self-sufficiency is a myth.
Give yourself grace to find greater sense of health and confidence ... find a safe place to connect.
Lindsey Pate | LPC-I & Thrive Mental Health Coach
(Wife, Mom, and Serving Life to others)