Pathways to Wellness

conversation • connection • commitment

For the HEALTH of it

Having close friendships is good for our health. Relationships provide a buffer during stressful times – hearts work better, stress hormones and blood pressure are lower, and we are better able to fight off colds.

People with fewer social ties, or poorer relationships, are likely to have poorer health. People who are less socially connected are twice as likely to die from heart disease. Recovery from surgery and injuries is much slower if your marriage is in trouble. People who are isolated from others are more susceptible to infections, from the common cold to HIV.

Social ties are good for our mental health as well. Relationships help build a sense of worth and belonging. Happiness and social connectedness go hand in hand.

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