It has been discovered that good pals are the very lifeblood of people with glowing health. So much so that they surpass optimum nutrition and physical effort in their salubrious effects on one’s constitution.
It is a brand new year, 2016! And now that you have made a new year’s resolution to eat right for your type and exercise till you sweat on a daily basis, remember to make a few new friends while you are at it.
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Or at least keep the ones you already have. Friendship is an indicator of good health (both physical and mental). Friends make all the difference between a miserable and lonely isolation and a fun-filled life of companionship and camaraderie.
Especially senior citizens have a lot to gain from making good friends that go the distance. Even teens and adults need the human touch. You cannot avoid the fact that we are social animals who need human contact and a warm conversation or two to fill our leisure hours.
At every life stage…childhood, teenage, adulthood, middle age and senescence, mankind requires friendship which lends you wings on which to soar beyond the materialist plane.
The study was conducted at the University of North Carolina. And it was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not only do people who have a small coterie of friends not suffer from hypertension, they also have smarter waists and a BMI that is within the normal range.
Also their levels of inflammation are lower than those without any social ties. Social quarantine leads to worse effects than mere lack of exercise. The links between social isolation and health across the ages was pretty obvious.
Segregation and narcissism led to negative outcomes on all health markers. We were not meant to spend our lives all alone in a dark room.
It is a good idea to concentrate on other fields of life than just academics or sports. Social skills help one in life more than any other set of abilities. They make one more competent and worldly-wise too.
Thus it is not just diet and exercise that have an impact on health. One’s social life is just as important a marker of health. Isolation causes everything from cancer to depression to suicidal idealization.
Mankind was made to go out and explore the world in conjunction with others of a similar ilk. Nowhere was it in the cards that we spend the whole day at home stuck in front of a computer screen like battery hens. This sort of lifestyle is inimical to optimum well-being and reeks of boredom and failure.