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Study Says Social Relationships — A Short-Term Help In A Disaster — Are Also Helpful For Long-Term Survival

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Emergency management experts often say that developing social relationships in the community in advance can be the key to helping people deal with a crisis situation in the short-term. A new study offers another reason for setting up that type of support system: it indicates that having those relationships can also be key to long-term good health as well.

According to a Brigham Young University report, “Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review,” published in the journal PlosMedicine, by professors Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Timothy Smith, social connections – friends, family, neighbors or colleagues – improve our odds of future survival by 50 percent.

For more information on the study, click here. Thanks to the Twitter feed of @AndrewPWilson where I saw this.

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