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Social connection is the experience of feeling close and connected to others. It involves feeling loved, cared for, and valued.[1] Scientists say that it is important for someone to have social connections as it would help them develop a healthier life and reduce the risk of depression or mental illness.[2]

Feeling socially connected depends on the quality and number of meaningful relationships one has with family and friends.[3]


  1. Eisenberger, Naomi I; Cole, Steve W. (2012). "Social neuroscience and health: neurophysiological mechanisms linking social ties with physical health". Nature Neuroscience 15 (5): 669–674. doi:10.1038/nn.3086 . ISSN 1097-6256 . PMID 22504347 . 
  2. Jaak, Panksepp (2004). Affective Neuroscience : the Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions.. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198025672 . OCLC 609832061 . 
  3. Berkman, Lisa F; Kawachi, Ichiro; Glymour, Maria M (2014). "Social Capital, Social Cohesion, and Health". Social Epidemiology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195377903 .