Susan Pinker's The Village Effect

“Drawing on scores of psychological and sociological studies, Pinker suggests that living as our ancestors did, steeped in face-to-face contact and physical proximity, is the key to health, while loneliness is “less an exalted existential state than a public health risk.” That her point is fairly obvious doesn’t diminish its importance; smart readers will take the book out to a park to enjoy in the company of others.”

– The Boston Globe 

Psychologist, journalist and author Susan Pinker was recently on the CBC Opener to discuss her new book “The Village Effect“. In the interview, Susan recounts her research into a Blue Zone in Sardinia where men and women live much longer lives than normal. Her study revealed the importance of social, face-to-face contact. Susan states that there is no better predictor of an individual’s health and happiness than the quantity and quality of face-t0-face contact, and community integration that person experiences. Surrounded by neighbours, colleagues, friends and family, the Sardinians she studied live long and healthy lives due to the natural release of positive neurobiological chemicals such as oxytocin (trust builder, and stress reducer) and cortisol (stress reducer).

Prairie Spruce Commons, Regina’s first cohousing community, is designed to facilitate contact between neighbours. We recognize that the friendly contact we plan to experience among our neighbours is just as important to our healthy lifestyle as a healthy meal or physical exercise. Cohousing aligns with the “Tend and Befriend” attitude that the Sardinians take to so naturally.

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