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Friendship and Food Fights Depression, Researchers Find

By on September 3, 2015
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These are a few of my favorite things…….  Music, by the way, is also one of my go-to’s for the blues.

Friends do make a difference. Don’t forget though, that you have to be the one to call them sometimes. You can’t expect them to know when you need them to call. They don’t have ESP. Well, most of us don’t. Laughter is good medicine. Join the Red Hat Society. They are always up for a good laugh. Go to the website meetup.com and find the groups in your local area and join one. GET OUT.  NOW.

Ok. If you are still here, then you might as well read the article. You don’t have to believe me. They have done a study. That makes it fact. Well maybe. LOL

By Dr. Mercola (Mercola.com)

Previous research shows that having a strong social network of good friends is a significant factor in longevity. If you’re socially isolated, you may experience poor health and a shorter lifespan.

Friendships can also be a significant factor in successful recuperation from depression. According to recent research,1 good mood and a positive outlook can actually spread like a contagion through social groups.

Perhaps more importantly, this study refutes earlier claims that depression is “contagious,” finding instead that only positive moods tend to spread among people in close association.

Certainly, being depressed can have a dampening effect on the mood of those around you, but according to the authors, there’s little risk of a depressed person actually pulling others into a state of clinical depression.

Friends Can Help Protect You from Depression

Data from more than 2,000 high school students was reviewed in this study. Over a period of six to 12 months, the students answered questions about symptoms of depression and who their friends were.

As reported by The Atlantic:2

“Kids who initially scored as clinically depressed did not ‘infect’ their friends, but if they had enough friends who had what the study called a ‘healthy mood’… that doubled their chances of……

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