Work and the loneliness epidemic

This article has been making rounds on the internet and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.

“Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. But we haven’t focused nearly as much effort on strengthening connections between people as we have on curbing tobacco use or obesity.”

I’m very interested in designing events that optimize for creating connections between strangers. I see connection as important in business and in life, but since reading this article, I’m realizing connection might be a much for crucial aspect of the wellness puzzle. Connection isn’t just important to advance your career, it’s crucial to staying healthy and happy.

It’s affirming to hear just how important connection is. But also alarming to look around a realize just how rare it is. How might you be part of the solution?