We've all heard what it takes to live longer - exercise more, eat well and don't smoke.
But, did you know that the state of your relationships plays an essential role as well?
Julianne Hold-Lunstad of Brigham Young University has revealed some startling facts.
She found that people with active social networks and support were 50% less likely to die of ANY cause in comparison to their non-social counter-parts.
It’s as bad as smoking
Low levels of social interaction had the same effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
And, a major way we interact with others in this back-biting, results-oriented, sometimes superficial world, is through working in teams.
Researchers believe that not having the support of a good team of people around us releases a cascade of damaging effects in the body which weakens the immune system.
This has far reaching implications
Not just in relation to the team you’re working in, but also for how you approach your relationships.
Somewhere, right now, there is a person on this planet who is hoping you’ll call them.
Let’s face it…
You’re horrible at keeping in touch with people who love you.
You get too busy, you’re too distracted, you feel it’s going to take too much time... I get it.
The other thing I get though is the number of old timers who tell me that life can zoom past and things get lonely unless you’re applying effort to your relationships.
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We are social animals
We need groups.
We need each other to feel whole. No matter what type of introvert you consider yourself to be.
You don’t have to stay in touch with people who irritate you.
Just choose the ones who love you and who you love back. The one’s with your best interests at heart.
Investors are starved for the company of other investors.
It’s one of the loneliest professions in the world, because you end up making the majority of your decisions alone.
You feel like you can’t talk about that loss that ripped your guts out? Who are you kidding?
There’s an investor right now who’s wanting to tell you about THEIR loss – and without your support, they may very well give up this noble, lonely profession.
Start with that person.