The support of others is also a very important aspect of health. In fact, 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. According to Erik Peper, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies at San Francisco State University, "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."
Social relationships can also have an impact on people who suffer from clinical depression. A research study done by the University of Michigan in 2013 showed that one of the risk factors for becoming depressed is the quality of the relationships people have with one another. Moreover, some unconventional treatments for some cases of clinical depression that have had considerable results have been to spend time with positive people, take care of animals, and to help others in need.
According to Dr. Richard Schulze, helping others has been known to benefit people who suffer from heart disease, neurological conditions, and emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress-related conditions and even cancer.
Humans are social creatures. Our first social structures are dour families and from there, we branch out to friends, acquaintances, co-workers and so forth. These important social structures help us to build strong mental and psychological bonds with both our inner selves and our world. They teach us things such as articulate speech, which is a gift reserved for mankind alone. No other creature on earth can boast this gift except for human beings.
One of the most crippling conditions of feral children who were raised without such structures or social support is the inability to communicate articulately. We also learn appropriateness and how to cope and deal with difficult realities such as death or loss through these social channels. It was never intended for a person to have to walk through life alone. When God created Adam, he followed up with Eve right after and placed them in the Garden of Eden, a perfect environment which would have supported a life without diseases or death had it not been for the fall of man. He said that it was not good that man be alone. Our environment matters - and it's not just how it affects us on the outside but also how it affects us on the inside.
By Dr. Dona Cooper-Dockery from Get Healthy for Life book.
Cheers to Healthy Lifestyle,
Cooper Wellness Center