Families and Social Circle
Positive social support (family or friends) plays an important role in one’s ability to make healthier choices. Social support means being able to access people that a person can rely upon if needed.
The support of family and friends during a crisis has long been seen to have a positive emotional effect on people. However, this support also has a physical benefit as well. During stressful times, people tend to experience higher blood pressure and heart rates. However, the presence of friends or family members has been shown to reduce these rates among people during difficult periods.
In terms of chronic disease, the support of family or friends has been shown to lessen the chance that one will become sick or die from heart disease. Research conducted at Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina showed that people who did not have strong social support were 50% more likely to die from illness than those who had such support.
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