A Little Help From My Friends

Companionate-style friendship really is the bomb. Did you know that having a good set of mates can help you live a longer life? Well my instinct tells me so, considering its my friends who get me through the horrors of the daily grind, keeping me sane, keeping me poised. However now its conclusive: research shows that having a good friend is kinda like a life-saver.

Mateship. D3000 f/4.5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Mateship. D3000 f/4.5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Good friends actually equate to great medicine: strong social ties seem to stave off memory loss as we age, reduce stress, boost immunity (fancy that!), help us lose weight and keep it off, and buffer against depression. What a wonderful multi-vitamin a friend is…who listens to me, too!

Bonds of Belonging: D3000 f/5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Bonds of Belonging: D3000 f/5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Its those industrious scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who reached the conclusion that having supportive relationships leads to a longer life. 300,000 individuals were tracked over seven and a half years, the investigators finding that those with strong social ties had 50% better chance of survival – regardless of sex, age, health status and cause of death – than those loners with weak social networks.

Two Become One: D3000 f/5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Two Become One: D3000 f/5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

Ah, the buddy system. What remarkable power and influence friendships level on the individual. Both sexes benefit by having close confidents. We’ve known this for ever regarding female bonds, but male mateship is just as compelling on men’s health. Risk of heart attacks reduce in blokes who love their pals.

This feeling of companionship or mateship, or what ever you wish to call it, is actually the feeling of friendship: a unique blend of affection, trustworthiness, care, respect, and loads of fun. And now we can add “good health” to the mix.

So Attached: D3000 f/4.5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

So Attached: D3000 f/4.5; Exposure 1/60sec; ISO-400; Aperture Priority

 

About Alice

I run, I jump, I sing, I dance. Whether climbing trees, walls or stairs I do it at a clip. When out, my date is always Trusty Nikon (who never lets me down in the attire stakes; so smart in his black, with a pop of red!). Where does it lead, this love affair of mine? Well, its lead me to Dubai, via the matrimonial aisle, thanks to a gorgeous husband who whisked me from Coogee beach, Sydney into the Arabian Peninsula - to my new home, Dubai. I am a freelance writer and photographer and my wish is to snap away, to scribe and to share it all with you. Enjoy.
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5 Responses to A Little Help From My Friends

  1. Pony says:

    It’s workin for me Poods ;)) xxxxx

  2. Gai says:

    Love you, my friend. Thank you for contributing to my good health. I really appreciate it !!!!!!!!!! G xx

  3. Hey, thanks for sharing I always look forward to reading your posts one of the few blogs I still follow home decorated

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