We all know that things can get pretty hectic. We often get so wrapped up in the stresses of everyday life that we forget to pay attention to those that really matter, like our moms. After all, without them we wouldn't even be alive. If it's been a little while since you've seen your mama, then you may want to think about picking up the phone and scheduling a date - according to a 2012 study, it might even make her live longer.
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The study discovered that loneliness has a huge part to play in the quality of life of older adults, specifically how much they enjoy life. Feeling lonely can have a negative effect on mental health, cognitive impairment, and even physical health problems, all of which could lead to an earlier death. The report looked at 1,600 adults with an average age of 71, finding that 23% of them who admitted feeling lonely died within six years of the research. Only 14% of those who had active social lives passed on during the same period.
A different study published a few years earlier found that feeling isolated could put the elderly at risk as much as obesity, concluding that being social and looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Humans in general are largely social creatures and often find joy in each other's company. As the old adage goes, "Laughter is the best medicine" - and it's true. Laughing your socks off can boost immunity, lower blood pressure, and stimulate both blood flow and brain activity.
Spending time with your parents may seem like the last thing on your ever-growing list of things to do, but cultivating these relationships could literally save lives. Plus, never underestimate the amount of wisdom your elders possess. Take our advice and soak up all of that knowledge before it's too late!