home
RSS
July 27th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Social relationships key to survival, study says

Having satisfying social relationships may be about as important as not smoking when it comes to your lifespan, a new study suggests.

It turns out that people with adequate social relationships have a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival than people who have poor or insufficient relationships. That means that having good relationships is comparable to quitting smoking in terms of survival benefit, and is a stronger factor than obesity and physical activity.

Researchers from Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at 148 different studies that examined the connection between survival and relationships. Regardless of age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period in the individual studies, the new analysis finds that those with stronger relationships have an increased likelihood of survival.

This principle of social relationships aiding survival has even been seen in babies, the study noted. In the mid-20th century, infants in orphanages were observed to have high mortality rates predicted by lack of human contact. Death rates in these settings substantially decreased with changes in practice and policy to promote social interaction.

One theory behind these results is that social relationships may buffer the negative effects of stressors on health, such as illness and transitions and changes in life. Social relationships may also promote healthy behaviors, in the sense that people may directly encourage each other's good habits or indirectly provide good models.

"In addition, being part of a social network gives individuals meaningful roles that provide esteem and purpose to life," the authors wrote.

As seen in the research of Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, positive attributes such as happiness spread in social networks, as well as negative behaviors such as smoking and obesity. But they also found that people who dropped their friends who gained weight were more susceptible to obesity themselves.

The study on social relationships and mortality appears in the journal PLoS Medicine.


soundoff (943 Responses)
  1. Van Repair

    /

    May 16, 2021 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Freightliner Sprinter Repair Near Me

    http://www.remontmix.ru/out?t=1&mid=19521&url=https://boxtruckrepairshop.com/commercial-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sprinter Rust Repair

    Excellent web site you've got here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    http://lidl.media01.eu/set.aspx?dt_url=http://sprintervanrepairshop.com/box-truck-wrap-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Maserati Merak For Sale

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

    https://www.video-shoper.ru/bitrix/rk.php?goto=https://www.maseratis.net

    May 16, 2021 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Maserati Ghibli S Q4 0-60

    I'm more than happy to discover this website. I need to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every little bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to look at new information in your website.

    http://www.boomracingrc.com/vaterra/k5-blazer-ascender-upgrades-parts/index.php?language_code=zh_HK&redirect=http://club-maserati.com

    May 16, 2021 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sprinter Calliper Repair

    http://www.leisurecentre.com/jobs/home/loadwelsh?url=https://fleetservicerepairshop.com/semi-truck-paint-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sprinter Repair Shops

    May I simply just say what a comfort to discover someone that genuinely knows what they're talking about on the internet. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people must read this and understand this side of your story. I can't believe you are not more popular given that you most certainly possess the gift.

    https://espqa.memorialhermann.org/url?q=https://ocrvfleetservices.com/restoration-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Maserati Coupe

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to return yet again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

    http://www.pemcosucks.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=maseratiforum.net

    May 16, 2021 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dry Van Floor Repair

    Good post. I am going through many of these issues as well..

    http://sns.51.ca/link.php?url=http://fleettruckrepairshop.com/maintenance-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dodge Sprinter Service Centers

    http://www.etracker.com/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=https://sprintervanrepairshop.com/collision-repair-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maserati Price

    bookmarked!!, I really like your website!

    http://delano.mn.us/statistics/logClick.php?statType=banner&pageId=0&Id=56&redirect=https://maseratiforum.net

    May 16, 2021 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 2018 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

    http://www.oceanbreezegolf.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.club-maserati.com

    May 17, 2021 at 05:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. 2018 Maserati Levante Msrp

    After looking at a few of the blog articles on your blog, I truly appreciate your technique of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my website as well and let me know what you think.

    http://www.intelspro.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?goto=https://maseratis.net/

    May 17, 2021 at 06:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Maserati Coupe Gt

    Your style is very unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this site.

    http://aswas.co.uk/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://www.club-maserati.com

    May 17, 2021 at 07:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 2006 Sprinter Tank Fuel Pump Repair

    It’s difficult to find experienced people on this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    https://www.vanpeople.com/space/link.php?url=https://fleettruckrepairshop.com/sprinter-van-windshield-replacement-shop-near-me

    May 17, 2021 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. travel trailer frame repair

    https://phototo.com.ua/uk/redirect-to-site?client_id=258&url=https://www.truewater.com/how-to-boost-productivity-in-2016/

    May 17, 2021 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. orange county body shop

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, however I truly thought you would probably have something useful to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you can fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.

    /

    May 17, 2021 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Newport Maserati

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I stumbled across this during my hunt for something concerning this.

    http://mugen.matrix.jp/cgi-bin/gate/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=97&url=http://maseratiforum.net

    May 17, 2021 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RV Paint Shop Riverside

    I blog frequently and I seriously appreciate your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    /

    May 17, 2021 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. rv repair san diego

    This is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

    http://www.bigtimesportsohio.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 18, 2021 at 08:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. car upholstery repair orange county

    https://www.iaai.com/VehicleInspection/InspectionProvidersUrl?name=AA Transit Pros Inspection Service&url=http://ocrvcenter.com

    May 18, 2021 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. heating and air conditioning jobs near me

    You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites online. I'm going to highly recommend this site!

    http://paper.li/SharonLaMothe/1411841847?read=https://cool-air-tech.com

    May 18, 2021 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Cheap Dental Surgeon

    Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

    http://www.bestrevie.ws/r/46678c091e3ae21e328f865434774f917baebabe-MDEyMDE5?url=https://newportcenterdentalgroup.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Internet Marketing Company Orange County

    That is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    http://aspheute.com/service/3w_link.asp?3wsite=https://bulknearme.com

    May 18, 2021 at 21:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Maserati For Sell Near Me

    https://studio.airtory.com/serve/pixels/b833f37181dfbce762f41367573578fe/click/pixel?redirect=https://maseratiforum.net

    May 18, 2021 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. New Forklift Rental California

    After checking out a number of the blog articles on your web site, I truly like your way of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my web site too and let me know your opinion.

    https://login-tk.ewe.de/module.php/core/loginuserpass.php?AuthState=_f129e4d348645839698b4d7d776dd3affbd987fedc:https://wildwestlifttrucks.com

    May 18, 2021 at 23:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Maserati Florida

    http://www.london.umb.edu/?URL=http://www.club-maserati.com

    May 18, 2021 at 23:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Used Forklift Cylinders California

    After checking out a few of the blog articles on your site, I seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my website as well and let me know how you feel.

    https://seositecheckup.com/seo-audit/www.wildwestlifttrucks.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 23:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. energy pills for women

    http://sns.lilyenglish.com/link.php?url=bonus-books.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Metal Roofing Companies Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the advice!

    http://track.twshop4coupon.com/track/clicks/3171/c627c2b89e0522dbfe9cbd2e8d2b8914736245cb75e9f0ab416db1046005?t=https://sanmarinoroof.com

    May 19, 2021 at 02:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. best energy weight loss pills

    http://www.sns.lilyenglish.com/link.php?url=https://energygopep.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 05:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Helfman Maserati

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

    https://jamesattorney.agilecrm.com/click?u=http://club-maserati.com

    May 19, 2021 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. American Eyeglass Near Me

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    http://www.home.guanzhuang.org/link.php?url=https://arizonasvision.com

    May 19, 2021 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Mobile Metal Fabrication Near Me

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Kudos!

    https://ibar.cc/link.php?url=https://jrkreations.com

    May 19, 2021 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Custom Fabrication Shops Near Me

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I really hope to check out the same high-grade content from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own website now 😉

    https://pmr.uni-pannon.hu/page.php?pageid=17&redirect=http://jrkreations.com

    May 19, 2021 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Beds Orange County

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. RV Sound System Orange County

    I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i'm very happy I came across this in my search for something relating to this.

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Upholstery Orange County

    http://love.okchatroom.com/lovelove/link.php?url=https://www.thuzzle.pl/thuzzle-ginekologia/

    May 19, 2021 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RV Alignment Near Me

    After looking over a handful of the blog articles on your website, I really like your way of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site too and let me know how you feel.

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Digital Marketing Specialists

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?

    http://www.senwes.co.za/LinkTrack.aspx?i=Sat24LinkAF&url=https://www.rankemailads.com/

    May 19, 2021 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV Restoration Los Angeles

    After going over a handful of the blog articles on your web page, I really appreciate your technique of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site too and tell me what you think.

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. trailer supplies orange county

    http://em.gohawaii.com/mtr40/c2.php?HVCB/26693011/218753/H/N/V/https://th-undyingmemories.blogspot.com/2021/01/rings-for-photos-near-me.html

    May 19, 2021 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. rv restoration companies near me

    I really love your website.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own website and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Thanks!

    /

    May 19, 2021 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. نمونه کار طراحی و چاپ بروشور

    نمونه کار طراحی و چاپ بروشور در مونیکس

    May 20, 2021 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Internet Marketing Services

    https://intranet.secure.griffith.edu.au/s/redirect?rank=10&collection=on-campus-search&url=https://postfallsmarketing.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. casino online

    Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?

    There's a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks

    May 20, 2021 at 09:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Internet Marketing Consultant

    https://www.suzuki.saikyou.biz/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=5&url=https://internetmarketingwashington.com

    May 20, 2021 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. silver exotic shorthair kittens for sale

    Hi everybody, here every one is sharing such know-how, thus it's nice to read this weblog,
    and I used to pay a quick visit this blog all the time.

    May 20, 2021 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Internet Marketing Specialists

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the most useful websites on the net. I am going to highly recommend this website!

    https://www.space.sosot.net/link.php?url=https://spokanevalleywebdesign.com

    May 20, 2021 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Video Marketing Specialist

    http://crl.ucsd.edu/cgi-bin/ax.cgi?http://webdesignpostfalls.com/

    May 20, 2021 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Leave a Reply to RV Repair Places Near Me


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.