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How to make friends, according to science

The Atlantic:

To begin with, don’t dismiss the humble acquaintance. Even interacting with people with whom one has weak social ties has a meaningful influence on well-being. Beyond that, building deeper friendships may be largely a matter of putting in time. A recent study out of the University of Kansas found that it takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a “real” friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend.

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Are you spending time with the right people?

Studies have shown that behaviors are contagious and that our social networks can influence obesity, anxiety, and overall well being.

NY Times:

“I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network,” said [Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow and author who studies the health habits of people who live in so-called blue zones], who advises people to focus on three to five real-world friends rather than distant Facebook friends. “In general you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation,” he said. “You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”

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