A summary of the research on longevity and close relationships shows just how important it is to be connected to someone you love.
A quote from the article about the importance of social connections:
“The survival advantage is equal to quitting smoking. It’s twice as large as the longevity benefit that comes from regular exercise, or maintaining a normal weight.”
We focus so much of our attention on trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, when maintaining a social life is just as important.