Want to live longer?
That’s one of the reasons many of us eat healthier, go to the gym or quit smoking
But if you want to live a happy, healthy, long life, it turns out their is an incredible amount of scientific evidence points to one simple answer:
In her book The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier, author Susan Pinker gives her formula for a happy, healthy, long life:
- Relationships = health: These are 3 times as powerful as exercise.
- Online relationships don’t count: No surprises here – you can have tons of online friends and still feel lonely .
- Be part of a community: You’ll thrive when you’re part of a group of like-minded people who care.
- Work relationships matter: These also count .
Now stop staring at your smartphone screen and go hug a friend.
Also published on Medium.