One of the best kept secrets to good health and a long life? Having a robust social network that includes relatives, friends, and other relationships.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should prioritize your family and pals.
|You'll be less likely to get sick|
In one well-known study, folks with more diverse social connections were less susceptible to colds than those who were socially isolated.
|You may sleep better|
Being lonely leads to restless sleep, a University of Chicago study suggests: The lonelier you are, the more you toss and turn.
|You'll stay sharper|
Having strong social support may cut your risk of cognitive decline, according to several studies.
|You could live longer|
People with stronger social connections were 50 percent more likely to live longer than those with weaker connections, a 2010 analysis found. That makes the impact of friendlessness comparable to that of smoking.