Strong relationships can build a longer, healthier life
In a recent Harvard Medical School newletter, this august body suggests that social relationships may be a very important factor in your health. According to the report, social connections influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. By now, a great many studies have demonstrated that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community not only have longer lives, but are happier and have fewer health problems.
What caught my attention is how scientific this has all become. Established social relationships relieve harmful levels of stress, and that can help your coronary arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and immune system. Still another factor is that caring behaviors trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones.