Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, tells me that, from a wellness and psychology perspective, nothing beats what human interaction and connection can provide.

“This has been proven biologically from a human perspective over and over,” Hamlet said. “Back when there were cavemen, they looked out for each other to survive. That hasn’t changed.” She added: “It really only takes one connection to create that feeling of mental health and sanity.”