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Heart-Boosting Benefits: The Surprising Health Advantages of Quality Time with Loved Ones



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What if I told you that spending time with loved ones is good for your health?

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If you’ve declined Valentine’s Day plans with friends or family, you might want to think again!

➡️ Loneliness has been referred to as the "new smoking" because research has shown that it can have similarly negative effects on one's physical and mental health.

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Studies have found that people who experience chronic loneliness are at a higher risk for various health problems, such as:

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💔 Heart disease

💔 Depression

💔 And cognitive decline

💔 Additionally, just like smoking, loneliness is a risk factor for early death.

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This analogy is used to highlight the importance of addressing loneliness as a public health issue. Social connections and relationships are important for longevity for several reasons:

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✅ Emotional support: social connections provide emotional support, which can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. This can lead to a lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.

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✅ Physical activity: having a social network can encourage people to be more physically active, which is essential for good health and can help to prolong life.

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✅ Sense of purpose: social connections provide a sense of purpose and belonging, which can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, which has been linked to an increased risk of premature death.

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✅ Better self-care: people with strong social connections are more likely to take care of themselves and follow healthy behaviors such as eating well, getting regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

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✅ Access to resources: Social connections can provide access to information, resources, and support that can improve health and well-being.

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It's important to note that social connections can be maintained through different ways such as friends, family, community, and even virtual connections. It is important to find the right balance that works for you.

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So, spend time with loved ones this Valentine’s day…it’s good for your health! 💖



Happy Valentine's Day!

Tara

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