Monday, June 20, 2005

Networking Makes You Live Longer

My blogosphere friend, Bruce Allen, had an interesting article linked on his Marketing Catalyst Blog last week. The article from was titled "Friends May Be The Key To Living Longer" by Merritt McKinney. It reports on a study out of Australia where they tracked the longevity of older people, and found that those with a larger circle of friends (aka: a network) lived longer than those that did not, over the ten years of the study.

McKinney stated, "What the study showed was that older people who reported better social networks of friends were more likely to be alive at the end of the study than people with fewer friends. Similarly, people who reported strong networks of confidants -- people with whom participants shared a close, confiding relationship -- tended to live longer."

All this talk about "networking" is important after all, and there might be more to it than just building up your career! I have always said that everyone should treat their relationships as if they were an item of great value. It turns out that the fountain of youth....the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow..... the holy grail ....have been with us all along, Dorothy and her ruby slippers. The prize is in the people we know.

Your relationships with others are important. Cherish those around you and make it a point to enlarge your circle of close friends. Your life might depend on it.

Click here to read the whole article.

Have a great day.

Thom Singer

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