Why it is important
Choosing your social network is important. People who are surrounded by happy people are more likely to become happy. People are influenced to behave like the people they surround themselves with. Social influence is a significant factor in obesity and other health issues. If a family member or a friend is obese, you’re much more likely to be obese, too. Strong-willed friends can help increase your self-control. Some people are better at providing social support. Social support can shield you against the risks and negative health effects of stress.
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
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