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16Feb 2014

Health Tip of the Week: Maintain Great Friendships!

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Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health

Who would’ve thought a great friendship can help you live longer. Friends provide good laughs, excitement, encouragement, and comfort. These are all necessary in living a healthy life.

Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, but it’s not always easy to build or maintain friendships. Understand the importance of friendships in your life and what you can do to develop and nurture friendships.

What are the benefits of friendships?

Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also:

  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve your self-worth
  • Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
  • Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise

Read more about what the Mayo Clinic Staff has to say about friendships improving your health here: http://mayocl.in/1dnb6Cg

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