Social health is very important and influences physical and mental health.

Studies show that social beings have a greater longevity compared to the people that aren’t social but isolated.  Isolation in length may cause diseases, illnesses and damages to your overall health.  In contrast, when people are social (with the right kind of people – people who give them value in their relationship), they have higher levels of positive feel-good hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.  These hormones tend to be stress-relieving.

Interestingly, people who are negative and drain energy from other people in relationships can in fact damage other people’s health.

Another interesting fact is that people who surround themselves with “friends”, and who really think that they are social but are not stimulated or challenged by these friends actually feel isolated from other people even if they talk and interact to them constantly.

A good physical health mixed with a good mental health increases the effect of all the good hormones in the body.

It’s all a system – “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Aristotle).

Humans need to feel other people’s presence and warmth.  And this is in all aspects:  in close relationships, in every day life and during work.  In recent years, social networks have arisen and with that, new ways of sharing knowledge and being “social” has grown.  The number of social networking sites have increased greatly.  More people spend more time on those social networking sites and this has effected people in different ways.  Some people have started to meet up with each other more frequently, while others have become more stressed because of the constant “dependence” on websites like Facebook.

Regardless, try to make friends, be social and go out and have fun.  It will likely affect your physical and mental health for the better.