Having more and better friends is good for your overall health. In this article in Science magazine they point what the have recently identified:
have identified several potentially unhealthy changes in the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems of chronically lonely people. Their findings could help explain why epidemiological studies have often found that socially isolated people have shorter life spans and increased risk of a host of health problems, including infections, heart disease, and depression.
The researchers looked at a large number of papers to determine what does the accumulation of data on loneliness indicate.
“An analysis of 148 of these studies, published in the July 2010 issue of PLoS Medicine, suggests that social isolation increases the risk of death about as much as smoking cigarettes and more than either physical inactivity or obesity.”
You can see it is a very serious health concern, as much as smoking, so today to out there and either offer friendship to somebody that is feeling lonely, or if you are in need of a friend try to reach out to one.