And it has nothing to do with poor health behavior. People who feel consistently lonely have a 14% higher risk of premature death than those who don’t.
John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that feeling lonely and isolated from others can lead to increased blood pressure, lack of sleep, depression, and increases in the stress hormone cortisol.
Here’s scientific evidence that my experiences with resilient people has taught me. Companionship and mutual assistance are essential for moving through the ups and downs of life. It is critical to create and maintain a support network, to develop friendships with people whom we trust, and to take part in new groups and activities.
The Beatles were right: We DO get by with a little help from our friends