For Brody, who two years ago lost her partner of over four decades, the supreme sadness she felt over that loss prompted her to examine the very real consequences of heartbreak and loneliness. She discovered that, according to John Robbins, author of Healthy at 100, relationships are very important to overall health.
There are certain emotional states that feel as close to death as we might be able to get in a lifetime: intense grief and heartbreak top the list. But what about loneliness? Well, it turns out that loneliness doesn't just feel like death but can actually kill you.