Why Friends Make Us Happier, Healthier People

If you want to be healthier and happier… what’s the secret? Spend more time with friends. If a friend of ours is happy, we’re more likely to be, too. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,000 people over 20 years found that one person’s happiness lasts as long as a year. Sadness however isn’t as contagious: a happy friends improves your happiness by 15 percent; having an unhappy friend lowers your chances by just 7 percent. Optimism, in turn, increases our satisfaction with life and lowers our risk of depression. A Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study showed that when we feel that we have social support, our visual perception of challenges actually changes: mountains look more like molehills. A Swedish study found that when men do get enough social support during stressful times, they tend to live longer than those who didn’t have someone to lean on. And a review of 148 studies found that people with stronger social relationships have a 50 percent lower risk of mortality.

(Source: Jennifer Abbasi , happify.com

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