From Denny: A long term study from Australia has determined that long friendships are a greater predictor of long life than close family ties.
Strong social ties over family ties proved to help with lower risk of obesity, depression and heart disease. It isn't how many social site friends you have, the quantity, but rather the close friends you have for quality relationships.
Types of Good Friends to Have or Develop:
Your Partner's Friend
Take a listen as they explain why these types of friends are so important to our health:
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International Travel Immunizations: Interactive Guide
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