Friendships: A Key To Your Well-Being

Are you aware that spending time with people you love and care about, while cultivating healthy relationships is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being? Studies show that having close social connections and deep, lasting friendships can help you manage stress more effectively and decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. It can also increase your chances of living longer by as much as 50 percent and double your chance of surviving cancer. Other benefits of healthy, close-knit, nurturing relationships are improved immune system, better life coping skills, and lower incidence of chronic pain and debilitating disease.

 

Feeling connected, appreciated and loved is arguably more valuable than diet and exercise when it comes to predicting wellness outcomes. Furthermore, being face to face with friends can boost the positive effects of friendships even more. On the flip side however, not having close friends and a healthy social network can be as detrimental as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So next time you feel the urge to overeat or reach for that doughnut, call a friend instead!