Human beings are pack animals. We generally crave social interactions and thrive in loving relationships.
Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist and the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development – one of the world’s longest and most comprehensive study of adult life. In 2015, Waldinger shared the findings at a TED talk where it was revealed just how important relationships are.
Of the findings, Waldinger says, ‘Social connections are really good for us, and [we found out] that loneliness kills. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they're physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected. And the experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic.’