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I’ve been waiting for a study like this. A reason to tell people why it’s a good idea to be kind to each other and smile. Yes, we all know there are psychological advantages to being nice, and there’s no doubt it’s easier to get through the day if you’re in good spirits, but an Oregon study takes it to the next level. There’s new evidence that getting along with others is good for your health. The report looks at 700 older adults and it found those who got along with their relatives, friends and neighbors were less likely to report health problems and physical limitations. This study was unique because it looked specifically at interactions between people. According to the authors of the study, they suspect there is some impact on the immune system, as well as the possibility that if there’s a great deal of interpersonal conflict going on in someones life, they’re not able to take care of medical conditions as well.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP