Some of us are blessed to have a great family. You spend time together, you laugh together, you have a bond that others envy. But sometimes there are those families that, for whatever reason, don’t have that connected-ness. That’s when you rely on your friends!
I have a friend who loves to remind me that I am her OLDEST friend! Ha ha! I have to laugh because it’s true. We hardly ever get to see each other but we talk at least once a week. And I still keep up with dear friends in my old neighborhood. Do you have “old” friends that you still keep up with?
A recent study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends were about 22% less likely to die during the 10 years.
Why? Some think good friends keep you from doing things that are bad for you, like smoking and heavy drinking. Friends may also ward off depression, boost your self-esteem, and provide support.
As people age, they tend to be more selective in their choice of friends, so they spend more time with people they like.
Close relationships with children and relatives, in contrast, had almost no effect on longevity. Lynne C. Giles, one of the researchers who conducted the study, emphasized that family ties are important, they just seem to have little effect on survival.https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/good-friends-are-good-for-you#1
Then there are the new friends. A couple moved into the neighborhood a year ago now and for whatever reason the four of us hit it off immediately. And we’re not even the same age! So that for sure shouldn’t be something to concern yourself with. Aren’t friends the people that you want to spend time with? We’re creating an even larger group here in our neighborhood (making sure we take necessary health precautions). It makes my heart happy that others want to share in the fun.
But this says it all:
Makes you appreciate your friends even more, doesn’t it!?
On another note, exercise is good but remember not to overdo it. For instance, not sure walking three miles was the best idea before going to a Zumba class. My legs are like J-E-L-L-O! Moderation is definitely key.
I’ll continue to promote Young Living oils–I think they are the best! So when you are relaxing after a hard workout, or just appreciating what you have, diffuse a blend of lavender, orange and bergamot. It promotes relaxation, calms the mind and clears the air with its refreshing aroma.
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