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Friendships – Are They A Key to Happy and Healthy Aging?

Friendships – Are They A Key to Happy and Healthy Aging?

By Susan Williams

How many friends do you have?  Not acquaintances – but real friends?

It turns out that this could be a critical question that could contribute to your overall health and happiness.

And these friendships become even more important as we age. Some recent studies discovered that friendships were even a stronger predictor of health and happiness than even relationships with family.

In the following video clip from The Today Show, Joan Lunden and a close friend become research subjects to test this theory of the value of friendships. What they discover is quite interesting. Here’s the clip:

Beyond the results of the experiment, here are just a few of the additional findings the researchers in the clip shared related to social connections and friendships;

  • People with a large network of friends tend to live longer, are less likely to have a stroke or heart attack and keep their memories longer.
  • A lack of social connection can cause as much harm as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and that lonliness could be a health risk that even outweighs obesity.

So, if you’re not surrounded by some good friends now, you may want to find some.

Not only are they fun to have around – they are great for your health and happiness too!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.