Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

Author Gene Stone shares strategies from his book (11 Photos)

Gene Stone on Apr 24, 2011 at 6:59PM

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Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

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Foster Your Friendships

People who report having a strong social support system possess the “most robust immune systems and are less likely to succumb to inflammatory disease,” according to Stone. Indeed, a recent Swedish study revealed that “having few or no close friends increases the risk of having a first-time heart attack by about 50 percent,” he says. To maximize the benefits of your social network, “for the next few weeks, strike up at least two conversations with someone whom you haven’t talked to before,” advises Stone, and make an effort to keep in contact with friends by face-to-face visits or phone conversations, as opposed to e-mail or Facebook.

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