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Want to live longer? Hang out with friends.

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Fifteen hundred people were monitored for 10 years. Researchers found that close contact with family members had little effect on survival rates, but the more contact that people had with a network of friends and confidants, the longer they lived.

Significant Difference

The difference was significant, and researchers speculate that friends may be more important than family in the maintenance of mood, optimism, self-esteem, and coping mechanisms.

Feeling connected to friends and peers may not only have mental benefits-it may bolster the body physiologically, too.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, November/December 2007. Copyright © 2008 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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