Harvard researchers discovered the one thing everyone needs for a happier, healthier life

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Did you know that friends are essential for your health and well-being?

Any amount of increase in our social isolation is bad news, because friendship isn’t just about fun, fellowship and emotional health. Having friends can improve physical health, too.

People who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely than people who are isolated. In fact, according to a 2010 review of research, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking.

When put like that, it can feel like a great deal of pressure is being put on you to get out there and mingle. You can widen your social circle and amp up those feel-good endorphins in four easy steps!

  1. Make Friends at Work. Since you already spend more time with your coworkers than you do anyone else, why not try to forge some friendships with some of your colleagues? Having friends at work can lower stress and make it easier to move through the day. Many times you’ll find you truly enjoy their company outside of the office, too!

Developing and maintaining good friendships takes effort. The enjoyment and comfort friendship can provide, however, makes the investment worthwhile.

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