New Study Reveals That Spending Time With Your Girlfriends Can Actually Help You Live Longer

If spending more time with your loved ones wasn't among your resolutions for the new year, this study may encourage you to make it one.

Because it's official, "American adults who say they're lonely" have doubled in number since the 1980s and research has found that "loneliness can [actually] be deadly."

According to The New York Times, "Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, followed 1,600 participants and found that those who reported loneliness were more likely to develop difficulties with activities of daily living."

The study found that almost 23 percent of the participants, who averaged 71 years of age, passed away within six years, while only 14 percent of those were not lonely did.

In other words, keep your friends and family close as they (and you) grow older. A phone call or visit every once in a while cannot hurt, but the opposite may.

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