All of us understand the importance of family earlier or later in life. Having a healthy relationship with your parents and grandparents is vital for your overall development in life, and improves the mental and physical health.
Scientists have shown that death and disability are not just biological but can also be a result of psychological factors like loneliness. Loneliness is the lack of meaningful connection with others that you love and care.
According to an article published in DoYouRemember:
“Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness plays a large role in the decline so often associated with old age. The study followed 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, as opposed to only 14% of those that reported adequate companionship.”
Moreover, Scary Mommy reports:
“Another study, from the Public Library of Science, reported that elderly people who don’t have enough social interaction are twice as likely to die prematurely. To put it in perspective, the increased mortality risk is comparable to the death risk of smoking. Loneliness is approximately twice as dangerous as obesity.”
Additionally, two studies that involved 5th and 6th graders found that children who had a secure relationship with their mother were more accepted by their peers, felt less lonely, had more reciprocated friendships, and were more responsive and less critical in conversation, in comparison to children who had an insecure relationship with their mother.
Sharing positive feelings, interactions, and good moments with your parents is vital in life, and the negative experiences can lead to stress and irritation.
Share a laugh, enjoy the time you spend with your mother and father, do things they love together, and despite improving your health, those moments will also become valuable memories you will be glad to look back later in life.