To Your Health: Want to live longer? That’s what friends are for
There are lots of healthy choices that can be pretty tough. But here’s one we know you’ll have no trouble with: Build a strong circle of friends and keep it.
Friends can boost your mood, support you through a tough time, even influence your eating and exercise habits in healthful ways.
And here’s something you probably didn’t know: They can extend your life.
In some cases, your network of friends can have a bigger impact on your overall health than your activity levels.
So what’s going on here?
For one, friends can help you manage stress – and stress, as we all know, is a killer. Friends not only offer support and encouragement, they give us peace of mind. If we encounter a stressful event, we know we won’t have to handle it alone.
Friends also deter bad behaviors, and point us toward healthier ones. And friends can give us a sense of purpose and meaning.
How many friends do you need to see a positive impact on health? The research here is a little murky, but it appears that even one strong friendship makes a difference.
So this weekend, neglect your house work and go out with friends. It’s the healthy thing to do, after all.