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Even though I'm an introvert and more than happy in my own company, I do value what my friendships bring to my life. I count myself lucky that my best friends are super-patient with my 'busyness', and they gently draw me into social interaction at times when I don't even realize how much I'm actually missing them.
My friends add an ocean full of happiness to my own life, so I'm not in the least surprised that the psychology of friendship confirms that friends contribute to leading a happy and healthy life.
Just recently I read a study following 6500 men and women in late middle age over a period of about eight years. The research showed that the more isolated and lonely the research participants were, the more likely they were to die during the study.
There is a strong link between social isolation and death, even after other factors such as health, income, and education levels were taken out of the equation. The researchers found that it's not the loneliness itself that is the problem, it's the isolation. So, even if you don't specifically feel lonely, the lack of contact with other people is a contributing factor to premature death. (Source: PNAS)
Interesting, isn't it? Thank goodness for good friends!
From Awaken to Love....
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
~ Jim Morrison ~
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Mia Rose with Deepak Chopra at the Hay House Writer's Workshop, Melbourne 2013.
"Dr. Mia has created a compelling work that explores loving relationships in a whole new light. She leads the reader to explore the most tender and intimate aspects of loving relationships using her mastery as a professional therapist with a twist - she shares from her heart! The power, warmth and beauty of her personal experience connect with the reader in ways most books on relationships never will!" ~ Mark E. Hundley, Licensed Professional Counselor and Author of Awaken to Good Mourning.
"Mia Rose is a modern day master in the art of LOVE and personal relationships. Her compelling story of her own transformation and the wisdom she shares in Awaken to Love is food for the soul and wisdom for anyone who has ever been in love." ~ Ariaa Jaeger, Spiritual Life Strategist, Philosopher, Author of Ariaaisms ~ Spiritual Food for the Soul, AriaaQuotes and The Book of Ariaa