We know it’s a Sunday and it’s probably your cheat day, so the last thing you want to be thinking about is ‘what’s good for you’, but you might wanna listen up.
According to new research, being single and/or lonely can increase your risk of an early death by 50%, and it can be even more dangerous than smoking and obesity.
The study, by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, looked at 218 cases to investigate the effects of loneliness and social isolation.
She told The Sun, "Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need, crucial to both well-being and survival.
"Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment.
"Yet an increasing portion of the US population now experiences isolation regularly.”
Other studies show that loneliness contributes to mental conditions that can then lead to physical problems, which can decrease your life expectancy.
It has been claimed that social isolation can increase your mortality by 26%, according to The Campaign to End Loneliness.
Loneliness affects both your physical and mental health, so be sure to speak to someone close to you and reach out for help!
If you are concerned about your own emotional wellbeing, are experiencing a personal crisis or are concerned about someone else, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at www.lifeline.org.au