Humans are a social species – we evolved to survive with each other, and our brains are healthiest when we interact with and feel connected to others`
The key to living a long and happy life is in our interaction and social relationships. Social integration and forming positive relationships is scientifically proven as being good for mental health.
There was a time when I was a child that I would regularly isolate myself. I would shut myself away in my room for hours reading my book, Not realizing that this was a contributing factor to the melancholy that I would sometimes feel. It continued throughout adulthood. I would try and justify it by telling myself that I enjoyed my own company, still unaware that the more I did, the more I conditioned myself to think I didn’t need anyone when the opposite was the reality. I would spend hours on my own. Obliviously at peace in my own company. Until I realised that I had reached a point where even though I thought I was content – feelings of isolation and loneliness would creep in.
I would go through long periods of being alone. Telling myself, I was saving myself for the one. The particular person that I wanted to spend my life with. Oblivious to the fact that the lack of touch and interaction was not good for my soul.
I slowly began to realize that I needed to change, and now I make so much more effort with my relationships.
Has there ever been a time in your life when you didn’t understand the importance of human Interaction? The importance of touch…? When you didn’t understand the science underlying these simple interactions and how they can have such a positive impact on our mental health?