Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You Still Need a Reason to Hang out with Friends

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You Still Need a Reason to Hang out with Friends

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You'll be glad to hear that close personal relationships are good for your health. Researchers have found that people with strong social ties live longer than people who are isolated. "Just being a member of a local club or an organization has health-protective effects," says psychologist Shelley Taylor of UCLA. "Making time for close relationships is as vital as many other things people do, perhaps more important."

Many studies have shown that socially connected people are less prone to "stress responses" such as increased heart rate and hypertension. University of Chicago psychologist John Cacioppo, an expert on the impact of loneliness on health, has also found that feelings of loneliness can be as damaging as actual physical isolation. …

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