Friendship extends lifespan.

For the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope explains that friends are good for your health:

Last year, researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.

The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.

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5 replies on “Friendship extends lifespan.”

  1. What a clever, fun study. (small sample size, though.) That was a good article. Of course, this is another one of those examples of studies demonstrating what we already know, but still. I dig it. I’m going to go call a friend now. : )

  2. Isn’t Tripp what Bristol and Levi named their son? Darn them, taking a name that was so perfect for symbolizing our collective snooty-rich strawmen and attaching it to the wholesome, down-home, aw-shucks-real-folks Palin family. Next thing you know that family will be shopping at Nieman-Marcus…

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