"It is better to be in chains with friends , than to be in a garden with strangers." ~Persian Proverb
I hate brussel sprouts. But, I've got the best friends and family in the world. Turns out, this means two things: (1) they cancel each other out; and (2) I am probably going to live forever.
I recently read a study talking about the health benefits of having social connections. Having social connections can improve your odds of survival by 50%. Now, I hate math, so seeing a number really doesn't mean much to me. Don't worry---the study put this in perspective!
A person who has low social interaction might as well enage in all sorts of unhealthy behavior instead---because they are equally bad for you. So....not having friends is the equivalent to: smoking 15 cigarettes a day; being an alcoholic, worse than not exercising, and twice as bad as being obese.
So, basically, if you have really good friends you can drink, smoke and eat all the cupcakes you want. No, I'm kidding of course (except for the cupcakes). But I do love the idea that in addition to eating our veggies and running to stay in shape, just having great people in our lives can keep us healthy!
I know I'd sure rather hang out with the people I love than eat brussel sprouts......so thanks to the people in my life for being my brussel sprouts!
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