Social Support Is the Stress-Fighter You Need

Two female friends with arms wrapped around each other looking out at a field of flowers

When I registered for courses on health behavior in grad school, I thought I’d be learning about how to help people choose superfoods for longevity or how to encourage the public to get more physical activity. To my disappointment, I learned that educating people about health and telling the public to do certain actions in fact has a very limited ability to affect their health status and behavior.