How Your Social Life Might Help You Live Longer, PART 1.

According to a new book I’ve read, the secret to longevity isn’t just about diet and exercise—It’s also about being connected with others and expressing kindness, as well. When you are thinking of healthy habits, what sorts of things come to mind? Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables? Trying to walk 10,000 steps per day? Or, is it to be training for a road race?

 While these things matter a great deal towards keeping healthy, experts are now suggesting that we’re overlooking a key factor of wellness if we focus only on what we eat and how much we exercise. Now, it may be just as important—to focus on our social relationships and to especially treat others with kindness.

That’s the argument science writer Marta Zaraska made in her book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. Zaraska was always concerned with optimizing her family’s wellness, but new research made her start to question her original approach. While reviewing studies, Zaraska noticed that new research pointed to our relationships as a vital factor in overall health. If we want to live longer, healthier lives, we should prioritize staying connected, kind, and involved in our community.

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  1. I have heard that babies who are not loved or touched with loving hands do not grow up mentally healthy either.

    I think there is a whole other level of health here though too, apart from physical health, mental health, emotional health, and social health, as just identified here by you.

    I think the greatest factor in health, is spiritual health.

    Without this health, people cannot really be really healthy, in my book.

    Spiritual health is the most important type of health

  2. Unfortunately for me, all my friends are far away and there is no one else I know except the friends in whose house I live in and they are busy with their own lives. I would have to make a social life of my own with just one.


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