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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Ask the Harvard Experts: Close relationships help you live longer --- and enjoy life more?

By Michael Craig Miller, M.D.




The results from almost 150 studies involving more than 300,000 people


JewishWorldReview.com | Q: Is it true that having good relationships increases your chance of living longer?


A: Since the late 1980s, studies have suggested that this is true. People who enjoy close relationships with family and friends are more likely to live longer than people who are isolated and lonely.


A few years ago, researchers at Brigham Young University looked at this phenomenon closely. They collected almost 150 studies involving more than 300,000 people. Average age of participants was 64 when they entered the various studies. And data was collected for an average of more than 7 years.


The review focused on how often people made contact with others. It also assessed the types of relationships people had.


The authors of the analysis then looked at health outcomes. They also calculated the effect of relationships on survival.


The conclusion? Older people with adequate social relationships had about a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival than people who were isolated.


This statistic is easy to misunderstand. It doesn't mean that socially connected people live to 90, while isolated people die at 60. But it's a powerful statistic nonetheless. The survival advantage is equal to quitting smoking. It's twice as large as the longevity benefit that comes from regular exercise, or maintaining a normal weight.

How does this work? One idea is that people with close relationships experience less stress. Another is that family and friends may encourage you to make healthy choices. Or they may encourage, remind, or help you to get medical care when illness strikes.



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Of course, it may be that the link works in the reverse direction. That is, healthy people may be more likely to be social than folks who are less healthy.


Still, it's probably true that, for most people, enjoying the company of family and friends does enhance the quality of life. As a bonus, you may get more time to enjoy.


(Michael Craig Miller, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass. He is a Senior Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publications.)

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