To Live Better and Longer, try to be more Sociable

A recent research by journal PLoS Medicine shows people with adequate social relationships have a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival than people who have poor or insufficient relationships. That means that having good relationships is comparable to quitting smoking in terms of survival benefit, and is a stronger factor than obesity and physical activity.

And, NO! it does NOT mean having a social life on Facebook. I think it means  get off Facebook, go partying and clubbing over the weekend or whenever you can.  Well! I’ve been doing that since I finished school 🙂

Researchers looked at 148 different studies (308,849 participants) that examined the connection between survival and relationships. Regardless of age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period in the individual studies, the new analysis finds that those with stronger relationships have an increased likelihood of survival.

This principle of social relationships aiding survival has even been seen in babies, the study noted. In the mid-20th century, infants in orphanages were observed to have high mortality rates predicted by lack of human contact. Death rates in these settings substantially decreased with changes in practice and policy to promote social interaction.

One theory behind these results is that social relationships may buffer the negative effects of stressors on health, such as illness and transitions and changes in life. Social relationships may also promote healthy behaviors, in the sense that people may directly encourage each other’s good habits or indirectly provide good models.

In addition, being socialized and having close relationship with as many people as possiblegives individuals meaningful roles that provide esteem and purpose to life.

As seen in the research of Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, positive attributes such as happiness spread in social networks (the real outgoing social network, NOT facebook type), as well as negative behaviors such as smoking and obesity. But they also found that people who dropped their friends who gained weight were more susceptible to obesity themselves.

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One Response to To Live Better and Longer, try to be more Sociable

  1. Ann Aita says:

    Finally somebody is saying something 🙂

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