Healthy social relationships are crucial for good physical, mental and emotional health

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
(NaturalNews) The saying goes that "no man is an island." While the fact that humans are social creatures is well-known and accepted, the effect that social relationships could have on physical, mental and emotional health could well be very much underestimated by most people.

Social relationships influence physical health in many ways

In the journal Science, dozens of studies were mentioned which revealed that supportive social relationships helped with various aspects of health. The former included spouses, family, friends and group membership, while the latter included healing from chronic and infectious diseases, post-surgery recovery, cardiovascular health and immunity.

On the flip side, lack of such social support elevated one's risk of death.

Broadly speaking, work and relationship satisfaction are crucial to good health and happiness. In healthy relationships, there is mutual giving and receiving, support and respect, as well as the working out of challenges and conflicts. The ability to share pain and suffering is another important part of healing, to help people realize they are not fighting their battles alone.

Family relationships, friendships, social groups and group therapy can all help to provide these supporting elements.

One study revealed that women suffering from breast cancer who took part in support group sessions once every week survived twice as long as those ladies who did not.

"There is overwhelming evidence that people who have few social contacts are more likely to get sick and less likely to recover from an illness," said Erik Peper, PhD, Associate Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies at San Francisco State University.

One long-term piece of research found that persons with the least social ties were twice to thrice more likely to die of all causes as compared to those with the highest social connectedness. "Isolation and loneliness have been shown to result in immune problems in bereaved individuals who have recently lost their loved ones," said Steven Fahrion, PhD, co-founder of the Life Sciences Institute of Mind-Body Health, in Topeka, Kansas.

Social relationships affect mental and emotional health too

Social relationships also play a part in mental and emotional wellbeing, such as in the case of clinical depression. For example, in a 2013 study conducted at the University of Michigan which had looked at almost 5,000 American adults, it was found that a person's risk of major depression disorder was affected by the quality of his or her relationships with a spouse, family and friends, and this was regardless of the frequency of their social interactions.

Different aspects of one's social life - for example trusting and loving relationships, spending time with positive people, caring for pets, participating in group therapy and helping others - have all been found to help persons suffering from depression.

Physical touch helps too

Physical touch, such as in the form of hugs, also help, especially, it seems, for the very young. Infants, for example, exhibited better survival rates when they experienced handling and physical affection; at the same time, people also enjoyed improved psychological skills and functioning, better physical growth, enhanced immune function, and improved resistance to stress.

Helping others helps one's own health as well

According to Dr. Richard Schulze, helping others has been known to benefit persons who suffer from heart disease, neurological conditions, emotional disorders (depression, anxiety, stress-related conditions) and even cancer.


The bottom line is clear - anyone who wishes to enjoy tip-top physical, mental and emotional health needs to have healthy, positive social relationships, as does anyone who is battling a health condition, in particular potentially life-threatening ones such as cancer.

Sources for this article include:

Trivieri, Jr., Larry, and Anderson, John W. Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. 2nd ed. New York, USA: Celestial Arts, 2002. Print.

Schulze, Richard, Dr. Common Sense Health and Healing: 20 Simple, Easy and Powerful Steps to Create a New Healthy Life. 2nd ed. Santa Monica, CA: Natural Healing Publications, 2002. Print.

About the author:
Reuben Chow has a keen interest in natural health and healing as well as personal growth.

Subscribe to his natural health newsletter or follow his health websites on Facebook.

His main health websites Insights on Health and All 4 Natural Health focus on being healthy naturally, while his other health websites cover topics such as cancer, depression, holistic depression help, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. He also owns self improvement and inspirational websites like Inspiration 4 Living,, Life Changing Quotes, and 101 Inspirational Ideas. Through his network of sites at The Journey of Life, he hopes to help improve people's lives.

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Social relationships at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.