Why a Strong Circle of Family and Friends Can Make You Healthier.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that strong social ties can improve a person’s health and well-being.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/why-a-strong-circle-of-family-and-friends-can-make-you-healthier) notes, people are always talking about how to improve their health. Health advice runs the gamut from exhortations to eat the right foods, participate in the right exercise, and/or get the right amount of sleep. But there’s another element to living a healthier life that’s important to consider, especially for older adults—the value of social support.
As the article “Why a Strong Circle of Family and Friends Can Make You Healthier” reports, a recent clinical trial supports the idea that having a community of friends, bonded over a common activity or interest, can be some of the best preventative medicine.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that when U.S. researchers recently examined older adults and their social support network, they found that those with strong ties to their community, family, and friends had a better sense of order in their lives, more self-control, a greater sense of responsibility, and an improved sense of conscientiousness.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by advising readers, particularly older adults, to seek out a social network, especially if they’ve become isolated in their later years. These individuals can join a group, participate in an activity, or offer to volunteer somewhere meaningful to strengthen their support network. Finally, while every social connection has its ups and downs, the article stresses that individuals should make sure that they find a place to belong where they don’t feel threatened, anxious, or disconnected from others.
(SOURCE: Hill, P.L., et al, “Perceived Social Support Predicts Increased Conscientiousness During Older Adulthood,” J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. April 10, 2013, published online ahead of print.)
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