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| By Wellvyl Media Editorial

Psychology experts attribute the lion's share of mental illness to loneliness. Studies have shown that those who are social are much less likely to suffer from depression. It makes perfect sense. Humans are wired to be communal. We need our tribes, our communities, our "Day 1's." It's a scientific fact.

These studies, when concentrated, reveal social eating as a main area of focus when measuring one's happiness. Those who engage in social eating activities, whether dating or dinner parties, register happier than those who are often in seclusion. The problem is sometimes life can get in the way. If funds are low, dinner and drinks with friends may not be an option. Proximity and time also matter. If work or a work schedule takes you away from friends, you're forced into social deprivation.

The key is to nourish ourselves with healthy interaction, regardless of life's obstacles. View social activity like we would vegetables, water, and sleep. For many, it's a matter of life and death.

For more on how being social improves mental health, read here.