Pray, dance, feast, drink wine, marry young and raise large families. It's all Catholic and good for you.
From this Mail Online article via Lew Rockwell:
When researchers compared the health of people who shut themselves away from the world with gregarious types they found the difference as great as that between smokers and non-smokers, the obese and the normal weight or those who exercised and those who didn't.
Professor Cacioppo said the phenomenon was hugely relevant in today's fragmented society, where many people communicate through the internet rather than face-to-face.
The Chicago University researcher said: 'We are increasingly living in isolation. Partly because we are ageing, also because we are marrying later and having fewer children there are fewer confidantes and levels of loneliness are going up.'
The professor advises the lonely to try making friends through charity work and says it is better to have a few strong friendships than lots of acquaintances.
'Lonely people feel a hunger,' he said. 'The key is to realise that the solution lies not in being fed but in cooking for and enjoying a meal with others.'