Healthy Relationships Equal Healthy Habits
Social people are more likely to develop healthy habits, which can help them live longer. The director of Harvard’s Center for Population and Development Studies, Lisa Berkman, ran studies that link socializing to good habits. For instance, social life in Italy leads to people walking more together and cooking together.
Of course, these benefits stem from positive relationships. When a friend engages in healthy habits, another friend is likely to join them. On the flip-side, isolated people are more likely to engage in unhealthy habits such as substance abuse.