Cultivate Good Friends To Live Longer
Make and maintain good friends and you’ll live longer. Research shows that the quality of our social relationships is closely linked to mental health, quality of life, and longevity. People with stronger social relationships have a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival than those who live more solitary lives—and the effect is consistent regardless of gender or health status!

An analysis published in the journal PLOS Medicine looked at the lives of 309,000 people across 148 studies and found that those with better friends lived longer. Researchers explained it this way: by the time half of a hypothetical sample of 100 people has died, there will be five more people alive with stronger social relationships than people with weaker social relationships.

Additionally, the strength of friendships appeared to be a stronger indicator of longevity than simply being married, which is linked to longevity for men. Research shows that men who have younger wives, live the longest. The mortality risk of a husband who is seven to nine years older than his wife is reduced by 11 percent compared to couples where both partners are the same age. For women, being married is also beneficial for a longer life, but not if she is of a different age than her husband. Women appear to fare best if they are close to the same age as their spouse.

For the best quality of life, do what works for you. These studies don’t mean it is wrong to live alone or enjoy one’s own company. But, humans are social creatures and if starved of contact, we can die. The key is to cultivate high-quality friends and relationships and you’ll have a better, longer, happier life.