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Get Along to Live Long


Painting by J. Baylor Roberts


Want to live a longer life? Be sure to eat well and exercise frequently. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to have friendly co-workers.

According to a recent study published in the journal Health Psychology, people who have supportive peers at work may live longer than those who don’t. The study rated peer social support as being high if participants reported that their co-workers were helpful in solving problems and that they were friendly. Interestingly, similar support from workers’ supervisors had no effect on mortality, though this may prove small comfort to people with bosses from hell.

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Alyson Foster works in the National Geographic Library where she purchases books for the Library’s collection and assists NG staff with finding research materials.
  • gary fry

    Very sound advice we should all follow.

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