social isolation. The analysis performed on rats found that social interaction could mitigate cravings triggered by loneliness.Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the research found that socializing reduced cravings for both sugar and nicotine in the rats.
Social interaction had the same effect on both cravings as living in a rich, stimulating environment.The results make sense because when animals or humans become isolated, they turn to other stimulation activities. Oftentimes, this means finding happiness in destructive habits such as overeating, smoking, or drinking.Social interaction can lessen the cravings by diverting the mind to people rather than unhealthy triggers.“This was an animal study, but we can probably all relate
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