I'm on a mission to make human connection
a public health priority.
Relationships can have as big an impact as
nutrition and exercise, yet they aren't treated as such.
It's time for that to change.
What is "social health"?
Social health is how well you form and maintain relationships, receive and reciprocate support, and feel connected to others. Learn more below.
Why does it matter?
Research has shown that social health is a significant predictor of physical health, longevity, and quality of life, yet loneliness and social isolation are on the rise.
What am I doing about it?
I recently wrote about this issue in Scientific American and will be hosting a solution-focused panel discussion in March (RSVP). This is just the beginning.
"It's time to establish a dedicated discipline to further study, develop initiatives around, and promote social health."
Excerpts from my recent Scientific American article:

"Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise, leading many to call it an epidemic. In recent decades, the number of people with zero confidants has tripled, and [...] more than one third of Americans over the age of 45 report feeling lonely, with prevalence especially high among those under 25 and over 65 years old. [...]

"While this alarming trend has grown, so has understanding of its impact. By now, the evidence is abundant and decisive: social connection significantly affects health. [...] For instance, you may be less likely to catch a cold, have a stroke or heart disease, slip into early cognitive decline, and develop depression. You may even be more likely to overcome socio-economic disadvantages, recover quickly from illness, and live longer. [...]

"But the threat of loneliness is still largely absent from common health discourse, medical training and practice, and public awareness. [...] In the same way that mental health has risen up in prominence, yielding more and better research, treatment, and advocacy, so too should social health. [...] Elevating relationships in the public health realm through a variety of individual, community, and societal efforts holds the potential to significantly improve population health."
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