"Humans are made for collaborating." That is an amazing sentence from Wagner and Muller in their new book, The Power of 2. In their introductory chapter they explain what that means then they address some of the barriers to relationships:
"Yet over time, humans created so many conveniences that we now can survive without each other. we live indoors rather than in the elements. We can eat microwavable dinners instead of hauling in a fish net with someone else. we no longer tell real stories around the fire; we turn on the TV and watch familiar strangers pretend."
Later they point out that, "Isolation is bad for you. it poses dangers as serious as cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or lack of exercise, one research summary concluded. Conversely, the more good partnerships you have in your life, the more likely you are to say that you experienced the feelings of enjoyment much of the day yesterday, that you recently learned something interesting, and that you've been doing a lot of smiling and laughing - all key measures of your happiness." [taken from pages 2-4 in The Power of 2]
So here's what hit me right between the eyes - God wired us for community. At the very beginning of the story he made humans in HIS IMAGE which means we are created in the image of the God who lives perpetually in community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have a void in our lives that only can be filled through human relationships. God made us that way.
So here are two Gallup research writers who discover that the data concludes that we are "made for collaborating" and we live healthier, happier lives if we have partnerships in life! I love it when secular researchers discover ancient truths!