How friends make you healthier

Published September 07, 2013


One of the best kept secrets to good health and a long life? Having a robust social network that includes relatives, friends, and other relationships. These are just a few of the reasons why you should prioritize your family and pals.

You’ll be less likely to get sick.

In one well-known study, folks with more diverse social connections were less susceptible to colds than those who were socially isolated. Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

You may sleep better.

Being lonely leads to restless sleep, a University of Chicago study suggests: The lonelier you are, the more you toss and turn. 7 Tips for the Best Sleep Ever

You’ll stay sharper.

Having strong social support may cut your risk of cognitive decline, according to several studies. 9 Foods that Help Save Your Memory

You could live longer.

People with stronger social connections were 50 percent more likely to live longer than those with weaker connections, a 2010 analysis found. That makes the impact of friendlessness comparable to that of smoking.

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