Benefits With Friends

November 1, 2010 @ 9:59 am

“Having good friends and a close family may prolong life according to an analysis of 148 studies that focused on relationships.  The studies assessed the strength of a person’s social ties by looking at factors including marital status, household size, participation in group activities, number of social contacts, and self-reporting levels of support or isolation.  Overall, participants (average age: 64) with strong social ties increased their odds of survival by 50 percent, over an average 7 year period, compared with those who were more isolated.  The authors found that healthy social relation relationships are as good for you as quitting smoking and better for you than exercising or losing weight.  Of course, doing all those health promoting things while friends and family support you would be better still.” source: PLoS Mdicine, July 27, 2010

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