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KUSA - "A friend is worth their weight in gold," and "one loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." These quotes have never been truer, especially when it comes to your lifelong health.

It turns out that our friends are more important for our overall health than most of us probably suspect. The closer the friends the better. Experts say it is better health-wise to have two or three very close friends than a larger group of casual acquaintances.

That's because these close friends can not only help you weather the "bumps" in life we all go through but can also help you make better overall health decisions.

There is some truth to the saying that "birds of a feather flock together," especially when it comes to our social relationships. The same goes for healthy habits of close friends. The ones with better health habits tend to help those with not-so-good habits improve on those things that are hurting them.

In particularly stressful times of our lives, these close friends can not only give us someone to talk to about it all, but can also help get us back on track.

Having close friends takes work over the years to keep in contact. But nurturing these close contacts can not only go a long way toward helping you stay healthy as you age but can also help you keep a positive disposition along the way. As an added benefit you will also help them with the very same things.

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