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Cancelling Plans Because You're Too Lazy? It Could Shorten Your Life Span!

 Our lives are hectic. Between lovers, bais, bosses, deadlines, and traffic jams, we often find ourselves wanting to get out of social commitments we may have made at a time when we were feel hopeful, ambitious, and well... not as tired. In fact, we do it all the time. Now, thanks to social media and Netflix, we don't even fear loneliness because in our moments of despair, the illusion of company and productivity is a click away!

Turns out, you might be shortening your lifespan, or at least the number of years you will live hearty and healthy. Our DNA carries something called telomere, a strand of sorts which determines how many years of good health we have. The longer the telomere in your DNA, the more the number of years of healthy living you have in your quota. But, the wonderful thing is that you can alter this by making wiser life choices. Healthy diet, exercise, and rest are things that lengthen the telomere, and in turn, your health life span.

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Recent research has shown that another important factor that contributes to the length of your telomeres is the quality of your relationships. Dr. Epel, co-author of the book The Telomere Effect, says, "In older people, having greater level of social support is associated with longer telomeres. In animal studies, social isolation and exposure to social stress is associated with greater telomere shortening." Further, she adds, "One large sample, for a genetic study, showed that married couples tended to have similar telomere lengths - especially if there were 70 years old. This may be due to sharing common influences, good and bad, through our lives." In one study, couples who had had sex within the previous week showed longer telomeres than the ones who had not been intimate in a while.

So, in a nutshell, while me-time is important, don't seek it at the cost of your social support system! If you want to be healthy well into your old age, go out, meet friends, hang out with your parents, chill with your partner, and have lots and lots of sex! 

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