We’re not talking about those life-long friends who always drain you, but those close friends who are like family that encourage you and support you.
Sociability increases self-esteem, which in turn, supports your immune system.
4. They Sleep Well
It’s been shown that lack of sleep causes weight gain, leads to a compromised immune system and increases the production of cortisol, a hormone that triggers stress.
Sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
People who get a solid eight hours per night absolutely do better.
Those who get into bed and fall asleep right away and stay asleep are more protected against colds than those who wake up repeatedly through the night.
A good night’s sleep will restore the immune system because when you get a good night’s sleep, melatonin levels rise and that improves immunity.
And best of all, there are no side effects.
The best time for a short snooze, between the hours of one and three in the afternoon.
5. They Control Their Stress
If you’re constantly frazzled, you’re at higher risk for everything from a heart attack to diabetes to colds to irritable bowel syndrome, or so researchers think.
Remember the old saying: stress can kill?
It’s true! It’s been proven: keep your stress down to live longer.
6. They Lift Weights
Regular weight training may reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon and breast cancer, depression and diabetes.