How’s your family? Friendships? Are you getting along with other people? Do you have relationships that are difficult or strained? Do you feel loved by someone?
Social ties and the support we give and receive from one another, especially when face-to-face, have consistently been linked to improved health, happiness and longevity. Although innovations in diet, exercise and medications have been given much credit over the past decade for improving our health, social bonds are equally as influential to our well-being.
Social ties have profound influence over our life satisfaction, cognitive skills and how resistant we are to infection and chronic disease. The clear message from social support researchers and people living into their 100s is that an active social network of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers will help you live a long, happy and healthy life.