Humans are social beings. There are many elements of our make up that exist to enable us to interact with others.
Whilst some people may be quite content with their own company much of the time, others prefer to spend most of their time with other people. But the vast majority of people benefit from spending some time with others.
Research suggests that social isolation can lead to an increase in chronic stress. For some people living and working circumstances may cause them to spend most of their time on their own.
It may be important to actively seek out opportunities to interact with others to reduce social isolation.
To improve health consider
- Do you have, or could you develop, an interest or hobby that connects you with people?
- Are there people you could put more effort into contacting more frequently?