Why are personal relationships important to your health?

Who is your person? The one you talk to about everything, the one who can get you through anything, the one who is always there…pat this person on the back because they are doing a lot for your health.

Healthy relationships are a strong component of your overall health and wellbeing. Strong relationships contribute to a long, happy, and healthy life.

Your person is helping you:
Live longer – People in strong social relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely. Also, committing to a life partner to add 3 years to your life expectency.
Deal with Stress – A support friend can be a buffer against the effects of stress. As well, when a person completed a stressful task and was reminded of the supportive family and friends that they have they experienced faster recoveries.
Be Healthier – People who have supportive friends and family are generally more satissfied with their overall health.
Feel Richer – “A survey by the National Bureau of Economic Research of 5,000 people found that doubling your group of friends has the same effect on your wellbeing as a 50% increase in income!”


For more information visit: http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/relationships/why-personal-relationships-are-important