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Social Connections: People with satisfying relationships are happier, live longer

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Satisfying Relationships Lead to Better Health and Longer Life

Image credit: Paul Rogers/NY Times

According to studies from Harvard Women’s Health Watch , “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.”

The Importance of Strong Social Connections

In a study of 7,000 men and women in Alameda County, Calif., begun in 1965, Lisa F. Berkman and S. Leonard Syme found that “people who were disconnected from others were roughly three times more likely to die during the nine-year study than people with strong social ties,” John Robbins recounted in his marvelous book on health and longevity, “Healthy at 100.”

This major difference in survival occurred regardless of people’s age, gender, health practices or physical health status. In fact, the researchers found that “those with close social ties and unhealthful lifestyles (such as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise) actually lived longer than those with poor social ties but more healthful living habits,” Mr. Robbins wrote.
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Connect or Die: The Surprising Power of Human Relationships – Dr. Starla Fitch

(TEDx Talks) Dr. Starla Fitch shows us how the ways we’re seeing may be endangering our lives in this poignant, funny talk. Her stories will make you change the way you look at everything. Discover the deadly secrets to our distorted views of others. A talk to share.

Dr. Starla Fitch – The Connection Doctor

Starla Fitch, MD, is The Connection Doctor and an ophthalmologist who’s made it her life’s mission to help people see more clearly — both literally and figuratively. An eternal optimist, her popular international community began for burned out physicians and medical staff and has expanded into a global network guiding others to connect better — with their families, their co-workers, and themselves.

Her infectious spirit lifts up those around her. Dr. Fitch is a board-certified ophthalmologist, and a senior partner in a large group practice in Atlanta. Starla has received the Patients’ Choice Award and the Most Compassionate Doctor Award, received by less than 3% of physicians in the U.S.

Dr. Fitch is the author of #1 international best-seller, Remedy for Burnout, and is regularly featured on national and local media outlets, including CBS, NBC, FOX and NPR discussing the doctor-patient relationship, the power of connection, and career burnout.

 

Starla Fitch - The Connection Doctor

Dr. Fitch is an internationally acclaimed medical doctor, wellness expert, life coach, inspirational keynote speaker, and best-selling author who has made it her life’s mission to help people see more clearly — literally and figuratively. | Image: Starla Fitch

 
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