Healthy living is not just about eating right, being active, and sleeping well. A U.S. study shows that it’s also about having friends.
If you ask someone what a healthy life is, almost everyone will say eat right, sleep well and be physically active. According to a study done by researchers at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina (USA), that’s not all. You also need to have friends! According to these researchers, social relationships are just as important as food, sleep, and sport to have a healthy life.
The researchers studied 4 samples of the American population to assess their health status: blood pressure, blood pressure, waist circumference, and BMI. The study concludes that people who are more socially connected have the lowest risk of having a “physiological disorder”.
Kathleen Mullan Harris, the lead author of the study, says for example that having peers helps children and adolescents reduce the risk of abdominal obesity. For older adults, friends reduce the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. More generally, social relationships also contribute to promoting physical activity among friends.
Having friends is good for your health, which is not the case with isolation. So all that remains is to make friends and do activities with them.
And if you don’t have any friends, go out and meet people!
It’s good for your health. 🙂