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In a new book entitled, Friendfluence, author Carlin Flora looks at the effect friends have on people and says the influence of friends could even affect a person’s health. Flora says psychologist have long believed that friendships have a direct effect on our overall health and life expectancy. One study found that having few friends can shorten a person’s life as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. On the other hand, research found that being with a good friend lowers blood pressure and helps sick people get better quicker. Studies on social media have even found that friends who make positive life choices often others to make similar good choices. Flora says the length of time people have been friends, and have often friends get together plays a role in the power of the friendship’s influence. One of keys according to the book is having a balance of old and new friends as well as friends a person sees at various times and places.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Friendfluence: How Our Friends Shape Us, By Samara Mackereth, http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/katies-take-abc-news/friendfluence-friends-shape-us-174534400.html, Accessed April 30, 2013.

John 15:13-14 (CEV) (13) The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them. (14) And you are my friends, if you obey me.

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