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
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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.
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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.
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You’ll stay sharper.
Having strong social support may cut your risk of cognitive decline, according to several studies.
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You could live longer.
People with stronger social connections were 50% 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.