Psychologist Susan Pinker’s recent book, The Village Effect, marshals original field research with psychological theories and evidence to arrive at a singular conclusion: Face-to-face social interactions are probably the most determinative factors in whether you live a long life. Pinker, a journalist and developmental psychologist, has explored the reasons that some people become centenarians, especially women rather than men. Her work has led her to better understand the essential value of the close relationships you have in your life and why they may be better for you than any medications you take or health regimens you follow. In her recent TED talk, she discusses the residents of Sardinia and why their dense, village life of close proximity and daily interaction has led to a spate of centenarians on this Italian island. Calling social isolation “the public health risk of our time,” Pinker makes a compelling case for getting out from behind our screens and getting back in physical contact with each other. Watch her engaging TED talk Here. and check our her personal website Here.