#113 The Healing Power of Social Connections with Liana Lianov

Liana Lianov is an international leader in Lifestyle Medicine and positive psychology who has dedicated her career to promoting the science of positive psychology and health in healthcare. She specializes in Preventive Medicine, Public Health, and Internal Medicine and has authored several books, including Strengths in the Mirror and Roots of Positive Change: Optimizing Healthcare with Positive Psychology. Currently, she is the President of the Positive Health and Wellbeing Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, Chair of the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the Vice Chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Liana also founded the Global Positive Health Institute, which helps physicians and health professionals leverage the science of positive psychology and lifestyle medicine. She is also the founder of HealthType LLC, which offers digital programs and interactive workshops that focus on positive psychology for health professionals and individual audiences.

Today Liana joins me to discuss the importance of social connections and how they can lead to our long-term well-being. We analyze research from Harvard that proves that typical self-care techniques like sleep, diet, and exercise aren’t the most important factors in promoting longevity. We discuss the negative side effects of loneliness and how being lonely is turning into a public health crisis. We discuss the number of people you need to interact with for optimal health. We also share some of our tactics for increasing your social circle and connecting more deeply with the people around you.


“Social connections are top of the list for not only making us happy but also physically healthy and helping us to live longer.” – Liana Lianov

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • Why social connections lead to an improved sense of well-being
  • What science has proven about the power of social connections
  • The risks of loneliness on your health
  • Why you don’t need to have a large group of friends to reap the benefit of social connection
  • How to incorporate social contact into your everyday life
  • The effect of social connection on the parasympathetic nervous system


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