Living longer with close relationships
A note for Lesson no. 5, "Your Brain Secretly Works With Other Brains," in Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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...we live longer if we have close, supportive relationships with other people.
We live longer when we have close relationships, whether those relationships are with friends, lovers, or even some pets. High quality social relationships predict all sorts of positive outcomes. “High quality” means both members of the pair feel supported, they’re responsive to each other’s needs, and life seems easy and enjoyable when together. If you’re in a relationship like that, your incidence of getting sick is lower, and if you are sick (say with cancer or heart disease), you’re more likely to get better, and your likelihood of dying from the disease is lower.
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