As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to family and community, the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.
Funny how you notice more examples of the same thing once your attention has been drawn to it. After Kate Pickett’s lecture talked about how people with more friends get fewer colds, I came across the above quote in an article in the Guardian about making people’s wellbeing the key element in city design.