The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity. Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” Good relationships help you live longer.
In a 13-year study of 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” How? Exercise releases endorphins; neurotransmitters which promote a feeling of well being. Strong ties, a sense of connection and support flood our bodies with endorphins in much the same way that exercise does. Also, positive, loving, nurturing and supportive relationships strengthen and boost the immune system, providing protection against illness and disease. Continue reading “Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer”
We all have heard how detrimental stress can be to our health. Well, research done at Ohio State University has discovered that women with stage II and III cancers lived longer and had better quality of life when they were given sessions with a psychologist to learn how to reduce stress.
227 women with newly diagnosed stage II or III breast cancer were randomly assigned to an assessment-only group or an intervention group where they received psychological therapy that aimed to help them understand more about cancer and stress, learn practical ways to reduce stress and improve quality of life, and how to stick to a plan to change behavior. The therapy also covered how to improve communication with their medical team, increase their wellbeing during treatment, speed up recovery and improve their overall health. The analysis showed that after recurrence, the women who had previously received the psychological therapy had a 59 per cent lower risk of dying of breast cancer.
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