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Science Says You Should Keep Your Family Close but Your Friends Closer

Hi, we’re PureWow and we love canceling plans. (Be honest, you do, too.) But after reading a study from Michigan State University, we’re going to start thinking twice before turning down friends’ invitations.

That’s because, according to the study, as we grow older, our friends become a stronger predictor of health and happiness than blood relatives.

Examining almost 7,500 older Americans, the study showed that when friends were sources of strain, participants reported more chronic illnesses. When friends were sources of support, on the other hand, the study subjects felt happier overall. 

So when your friend Maggie wants to see the midnight showing of Wonder Woman and you’d really rather go to bed early, take her up on her invite. You know…for your health.

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