Having many friends might prolong life.

The answer might well be yes. Many studies show that a good social network is associated with a lower risk of psychological disorders (like depression), physical illness and even death. Lisa and Leonard Syme Berkam, epidemiologists, respectively, Yale and the University of California, studied the health and social bonds of 6,928 people, considering marriage, contacts with family, friends and the number of membership organizations. Those with a social network  limited to a few intimate contacts had, over 9 years, a mortality rate almost two times higher that those with an extended network.

How do you explain the results?

First, other people ¬†give emotional support, enhancing self-esteem and psychological well-being. In addition they provide advice, help and information to address difficulties and problems. Finally, friends and family help to monitor important health behaviors, such as adhere to medical prescriptions or eating properly. According to some research, social support…

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