Health Benefits of Spending Time with Family and Friends

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Did you know that there are health benefits to spending time with family and friends? It is true! Humans are social and rely on other humans to maintain mental, emotional and physical health. Inviting your friends and family to spend quality time together is not just for fun. It can impact your life in more ways than you know.

Here are the lists of the health benefits from spending time with family and friends.

It is not a secret that confiding in your friends and family is a healthy way to relive stress; stress can lead to a variety of health issues, such as high blood pressure, headaches, and heat arrhythmia. When you and your family spend quality time together – you can prevent stress-related health issues and avoid unhealthy stress coping mechanisms such as binge eating or smoking.

During a nine-year study, researchers found that people who lack social ties were about three times more likely to die during those nine years than those who have strong relationships with their friends and family. Research also indicates that even people with unhealthy lifestyles that are able to maintain strong relationships are more likely to live longer than those without social connections. Spending time with your family and friends can help lead you to a longer and happier life.

The health benefits of spending time with friends and family can extend to every part of a person’s life. Loved ones can encourage positive behaviors. Like exercise and eating healthy and discourage negative behaviors such as smoking and doing drugs. Spending quality time on positive relationships can help you make great choices.

Another one of the health benefits of spending time with friends and family is improved mental health. Social interaction and mental health have long been linked together for having a cause-and-effect relationship – if you are going through troubled times surrounding yourself with a strong network of people can help prevent improve your mental health.

Every individual has doubts and insecurities now and again. One thing that always seems to help is feeling valued and appreciated by the people they care about. When you and your friends and family spend time together, you feel loved and valued – helping you create a positive image of yourself. Your friends and family are always there to congratulate you on your success and to remind you of your worth during your failures. Being surrounded by a supportive network of people can help you build confidence and maintain healthy self-esteem.

There are so many health benefits of spending time with friends and family. Whether you play a game board, share a meal, or even run errands together – it is important for your health to find ways to feel connected to those around you.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tamra. Spending time with family and friends has become even more important in retirement. Enjoy your day!

Dec 06, 2019 05:57 AM #1
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
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Hi Tamra - Taking time to spend with family and friends is essential for a healthy lifestyle, thanks for the reminder! 

Dec 06, 2019 07:17 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Hi Tamra,  Thanks for reminding us to take the time and enjoy the company of our family and friends.

Dec 06, 2019 05:12 PM #3
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