People With Strong Group of Friends Live Longer

Posted on June 20, 2005

Smily friends graphic Discovery Channel reports on a new study of 1,500 Aussies over a 10 year period that found that friends can help you live longer. The people who had the strongest group of friends lived longer on average than those who had fewer friends. The study also found that close contact with kids or relatives did not change survival rates -- only friends did.
Close contact with children and relatives had little impact on survival rates over the 10 years.

A network of good friends was, in statistical terms, equivalent to a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying during this period when compared to those who had close ties with their children or other relatives.

An editorial released along with the study speculated that the stress-reducing benefit friends can provide might explain why good friends can prolong life.

Image: Writers Write, Inc.

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