How Our Relationships Can Impact Our Health And Longevity

Episode 658 1h 12m


Creating a good life and finding happiness might require a different path than you thought. Everyone has the intention to live well and feel happy, but so many of our choices deviate us from those goals. Investing our time and energy into our relationships might be the key. Loneliness is a main measure of unhappiness, and it also happens to be a stressor and risk factor for disease.

I’m so excited to talk to Dr. Robert Waldinger on today’s podcast episode, all about fostering better relationships to live a longer, happier, and healthier life. Right off the bat, Dr. Waldinger shares that relationships are perhaps the thing we have the most control over when it comes to creating better health and more happiness. We discuss the connection between those things, as well as actions you can take right away to cultivate more meaningful relationships. Focusing on this part of your life doesn’t have to mean starting fresh.

We get into how to initiate a deeper relationship with your current partner and get to know them even better, as well as healing negative aspects of a relationship like grudges. Just as we practice good eating habits or a regular fitness routine, we also need to practice social fitness.

Dr. Waldinger shares his favorite strategies for working out our social lives to take advantage of the power of community as medicine. It’s never too late to put more effort into the relationships you have and cultivate new ones. Not only will it support your longevity, but you will feel happier and more fulfilled throughout your lifetime.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, InsideTracker, Joovv, and MitoPure. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The number-one life choice you can make today for future health and happiness


  • The connection between our relationships and our health


  • Cultivating relationships and well-being


  • Getting to know your partner better


  • Practices that promote happiness


  • Letting go of grudges and healing relationships


  • Strategies for social fitness


  • Navigating romantic relationships


  • Community as medicine


  • What matters most in life


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Automatically generated. Please forgive any typos or errors in the following transcript. It was generated by a third party and has not been subsequently reviewed by our team.

Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Farmacy.

Dr. Robert Waldinger:
How could your relationships at age 50 predict whether you're going to get type 2 diabetes or whether you're going to get arthritis? How could that possibly happen?

Dr. Mark Hyman:
Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, that's Farmacy with an F. A place for conversations that matter. Today, we're going to talk about something really important, which is how to have a good life and be happy. If you've ever wondered about how to get there, it might be different than you thought.
Today, we are honored to have an extraordinary guest, Dr. Robert Waldinger, who's a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He's the director of..

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Ep. 658 - How Our Relationships Can Impact Our Health And Longevity