“A friend is what the heart needs all the time”, and according to an Australian study by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, it is shown that good friends can also help you live longer too. The study took followed 1,500 older people for 10 years, and it found that the people with a large network of friends outlived those with fewer friends by 22%, but why?
The author of the study suggested that good friends discourage unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and heavy drinking, and the companionship provided by friends decrease the risk of depression, boost self-esteem, and provide a support system anytime.
Impact of Loneliness, is there a greater risk of dying because they are alone?
People who are lonely are at greater risk of dying only if they feel lonely. One study found that drug use among young people were higher among those who said they thought they were lonely. The same study showed that older people who were lonely tended to have higher blood pressure and poorer sleep quality. They also were more tense and anxious.
Researchers at Brigham Young University discovered that social isolation and loneliness can be as life threatening as obesity. The study, published in 2015 in Perspectives on Psychological Science, indicates that feelings of being alone impact on people of all ages and can be a precursor to premature death—even in individuals under 65. The study authors believed that their findings ultimately prove that more positive psychology means better overall health—emotionally and physically.
What we suggest is go out be a good friend and have good friends. Friends are so necessary in life not just to live longer but also because it makes us feel good knowing that we can have someone who’s there for you anytime and all the time. Social relationships provide meaning to our lives and might influences to take better care of ourselves and/or take fewer risks.