How Your Social Life Impacts Your Health

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Studies have shown that loneliness can increase cortisol levels, making us more susceptible to viruses and depression. Even mortality rates are higher among men and women with few and weak social ties.

Did you know that your friends can actually improve your health and overall well-being?

Studies have shown that social interactions can affect a person’s mental and physical health. People who have strong ties to their friends and family live healthier, happier and longer lives. Here’s how good relationships improve person’s health:

  • They reduce stress levels and bodily inflammation
  • They increase sense of belonging and life-purpose
  • They create better lifestyle habits
  • They instill higher self-confidence

Studies have shown that loneliness can increase cortisol levels, making us more susceptible to viruses and depression. Even mortality rates are higher among men and women with few and weak social ties.
The explanation is that our health habits are largely influenced by our relationships. Our partner, friend or a family member may encourage us to eat healthier, exercise more, or see a doctor when necessary.
Also, positive interactions with other people benefit immune and cardiovascular functions simply by reducing stress levels.

However, there is a dark side of relationships too. Stressful social interactions are associated with compromised immune system and poor health. Also, if your friends engage in a risky behavior, it is likely you will too. This may lead to increased alcohol consumption, bad diet and so on, so choose your friends carefully.

1 Comment

  • Reply February 12, 2016

    amy jane

    Some times its hard to get out tho:(

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