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Getting Healthy Without Rules: A Prescription For Social Isolation and Loneliness

This week's episode focuses on the importance of social connection for health and well-being. I welcome special guests Kelley Petralia and Kate Storm about why human connection is a vital yet often neglected pillar of self-care. We discuss research showing how lacking social ties can negatively impact physical and mental health. Prolonged isolation may increase risks for conditions such as anxiety, depression, reduced immunity, and even cognitive decline. Together, we explore why modern society makes connecting harder, like technology replacing in-person interactions. COVID exacerbated isolation, and its adverse effects may still linger. We all believe in the benefits of nurturing close relationships, meeting new people, and engaging in community involvement. Simple daily habits like "small talk" with strangers or joining a club also help. Overall, the episode stresses that prioritizing social health by reducing loneliness and disconnection profoundly impacts our quality of life. Everyone can learn to connect better. More cohesive communities where people support each other may also help solve broader societal problems.



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