Saturday, June 23, 2018 | ePaper

Friends become more important than family as age growing

  • Print


Life Desk :
Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for your health and well-being and friendship may become even more important than family relationships as we age, suggests new research.
In a pair of studies involving nearly 280,000 people, William Chopik of Michigan State University in the US found that friendships become increasingly important to one's happiness and health across one's lifespan.
"Friendships become even more important as we age," said Chopik.
For the first study, Chopik analysed survey information about relationships and self-rated health and happiness from 271,053 participants of all ages from nearly 100 countries.
The second study looked at data from a separate survey about relationship support/strain and chronic illness from 7,481 older adults in the US.
According to the first study, both family and friend relationships were linked to better health and happiness overall, but only friendships became a stronger predictor of health and happiness at advanced ages.
The second study also showed that friendships were very influential-when friends were the source of strain, participants reported more chronic illnesses and when friends were the source of support, participants were happier.
That may be because of the optional nature of relationships-over time, we keep the friends we like and who make us feel good and discard the rest, according to the findings published online in the journal Personal Relationships.
Friends also can provide a source of support for people who do not have spouses or for those who do not lean on family in times of need.
Friends can also help prevent loneliness in older adults who may experience bereavement and often rediscover their social lives after they retire.
Family relationships are often enjoyable too, Chopik said, but sometimes they involve serious, negative and monotonous interactions.
"There are now a few studies starting to show just how important friendships can be for older adults. Summaries of these studies show that friendships predict day-to-day happiness more and ultimately how long we'll live more so than spousal and family relationships," he said.
-Internet

More News For this Category

Asthma risk due to traffic-related pollution

Asthma risk due to traffic-related pollution

Life Desk  :Long-term exposure to traffic-related pollution may significantly increase the risk of asthma in early childhood, a study has warned. The findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and

Vitamin D3 for your heart

Life Desk  :A treatment with Vitamin D3 might help in heart disease. Photo: CollectedAre you suffering from heart disease? A treatment with Vitamin D3 might help restore damage to your

Right amount of fluid essential while working out

Life Desk :Fluid intake is very important for a runner. Hydrate yourself before, during and after the run or else it can lead to dehydration, fatigue and can hamper performance

Past failures can boost future performance

Life Desk  :Writing a note about your past failure may you help in boosting future performance as it lower levels of stress hormone cortisol, a new study suggests. The study

Breastfeeding may reduce hypertension risk

Breastfeeding may reduce hypertension risk

Life Desk  :Breastfeeding mothers, take note! New research suggests that women who breastfeed more children and for a longer duration were less likely to suffer from hypertension after they reach

10 calcium-rich foods for bones

10 calcium-rich foods for bones

Life Desk :Our body needs calcium for healthy bones. Not only that, calcium is also very important for proper functioning of our nerves and muscles. Here are some high calcium

Marriage must follow rules

Marriage must follow rules

Rifat Zafreen :Rabeya will tie the knot today. The groom is little known to Rabeya, she got attached through face book recently. She hardly knows the detail of him and

Yoga as a way of life

Prof. Dr. Gobinda Chandra Das :This 21st the world observes International Day of Yoga, a celebration of the unity between an enlightened spirit and a healthy body. Calling for adoption

Bacteria in placenta responsible for preterm births

Life Desk :Scientists have found a higher number of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from women who delivered prematurely, supporting the presumption that maternal infection may cause preterm birth - less

Replace your mattress

Replace your mattress

Life Desk :From its immune system to proper hormonal balance, memory or emotional health, the body requires an abundant amount of comfortable sleep to function well. However, most people pay