Having Friends May Improve Health, Happiness, and Even Life Expectancy

Studies show allowing friendships to fade away in stressful times is harmful to mental, emotional, and physical health. During turbulent times, stress hormones spike. Being with a friend reduces the levels of these negative hormones. Friends can also help increase life span. Psychologists estimate the chance of dying over a ten year period increases for people who live socially isolated lives compared with people who have a strong support network. The socially isolated tend to have more difficulty fighting off infections, have higher rates of cancer, heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.  Engaging in a weekly activity or club, volunteering, and getting out with a pet dog are all ways to meet new friends.

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