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Best Friends Can Keep You Young
Do you have friends you can speed-dial (no hesitations) during a 3 AM crisis? People who'll listen patiently while you vent about your computer crash or crazy in-laws? BFFs you can be totally yourself with and vice versa? Recent studies suggest that having close connections—being a people person—helps you cope better in general. When the going gets tough, friends actually make your blood less likely to clot and lower your risk of a heart attack. In the old test, having bosom buddies was only critical during super-stressful life events, like a partner's death. "Now," Dr. Roach says, "[we realize] having friends is important for everybody; they help you handle all levels of stress," including what Dr. Roizen calls "NUTS"(nagging unfinished tasks).