Why are Social Relationships Important?

According to the National Institute of Health, our social relationships have a powerful effect on our physical and mental health. Our significant others, families, co-workers, neighbors, and other social connections have a positive effect on our well-being!

Research shows that having strong social bonds,  links to a better quality of life. Healthy relationships alleviate stress and may decrease cardiovascular illness. Physical touch, hugs, and holding hands release chemicals in the brain such as oxytocin, that make us feel good.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D. studied couples who are having difficulty with their relationships and also had a higher degree of depression and other health issues. Poor relationships in marriages alter the body’s immune response and increase biological changes that lead to mood dysregulation, inflammation, poor health, insomnia, and changes in gut health. 

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