Research into living longer has focused on genetics and lifestyle, but a new factor also appears to play a major role in how long people live. It appears that regular social contact has as much positive effect on a person’s health as blood pressure, obesity, and eating a healthy diet. Two major studies both point to the positive contribution of friendship. In 2010, researchers at BYU published a summary of over 100 other studies involving over 300,000 individuals. The results agreed that people with strong social ties were likely to live 7.5 years longer than people without those kinds of friendships. A study from Australia looked at 188 people over the age of 100 and found that a close network of family and friends was a significant factor in their long lives. The results also indicate that the factors may be intertwined. Taking time to eat well, maintain good health practices, and get out with friends or neighbors leads to a longer life. It seems that connecting with others is also good for ourselves. — Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Why friends May Be Your Ticket to Living to 100, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-r-hamilton-phd/longevity-_b_1978890.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living&icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl29|sec1_lnk2&pLid=223572, Accessed October 20, 2012.
Proverbs 18:24 (HCSB) A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.