What are your plans for weekend? If you are planning to spend time with your friends and family members, here you go! You are among the luckiest persons in the world who live longer. The recent study determined that people who have a strong social network and spend quality of time with friends and family are 50% more likely to live longer than the people who are lonely.
The positive thing about the study is it is very easy to implement in our life. There is no guideline to follow or instructions to avoid eating some of the food that can be harmful for the body, just socially connect with people.
About the study
The research was conducted by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Researchers examined the collective data from 148 studies, which included total of 308849 people, to measure the effect of social relationships on death risk. The studies tracked health outcome for an average time period of 7.5 years.
- People who have a strong social network are 50% less likely to die early
- Being reclusive is harder on physical health than smoking or being an alcoholic.
- Being socially isolated is the equivalent of smoking 15...
cigarettes per day.
- Being socially isolated can be more harmful than not exercising or twice as bad as the risks posed by obesity.
- Factors like age, gender, or health status had almost no effect on the study results.
The study was published in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal
We learn a lot from our surroundings. Being involved in social gatherings, we keep ourselves busy and at the same time enjoy the time with people. I personally experienced that more we become aloof, more we become unhappy. If some of you don’t have much friends and relatives, you might want to go to church, mosque or temple to increase your social interaction. You can also volunteer in orphanages and other nonprofit organizations, where people need you. I am sure you will be much happier and healthier mingling with the people instead of being just sitting at home alone.