Why is connecting with others important?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here is my Deadly Habit number 6:


So many of us pull away from the people who support us at exactly the times we need them most -- when we're going through a divorce, facing a financial crisis, feeling bad about our bodies. Adding the stress of bottled up emotions to already challenging times only leads to health problems down the road.

Replacement: Connecting

Human beings provide a social web that holds us all up. So call your mother, get back in touch with a college friend, make a plan to have coffee with an old work pal, send a thank-you note to your high school teacher. If you surround yourself with support, you can weather the bad times with less stress and add years to your life.

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