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4 Ways That Having Friends Can Make You Healthier, More Attractive, and Live Longer!

4 Ways That Having Friends Can Make You Healthier, More Attractive, and Live Longer!
The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology published an article recently that showed the dramatic effect friends can have on you. Other research and medical sources concur about the various positive effects that can result from having friends. Here are just 4.

#1 - Friends can increase your recovery from cancer treatment: The journal Cancer published the results of a study done in 2005 that showed women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer fared better when they had support from friends. In fact, these women had about 70 percent less of a blood protein called interleukin-6 that lowers the effectiveness of chemotherapy, compared to women who had fewer or no friends.

#2 - Friends make you look more attractive: It's true. If you are photographed in a picture with friends, versus being photographed alone, viewers will perceive you as being more attractive, according to a study by the University of California, San Diego.

#3 - Friends can help you live longer: A study done at Brigham Young University revealed startling information that shows how important friends are to living longer lives. The study indicated that having no friends is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day as far as reducing your lifespan.

#4 - Friends can help you accomplish more: Another study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology showed that people can actually accomplish more when they are with friends. The study participants estimated a hill to be less steep when they were accompanied by a friend than when they were alone.

Even babies as young as 9 months old can recognize friendship, according to a study at the University of Chicago.

To read more, visit www.rd.com/slideshows/friends-facts/view-all/
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