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Why is it important to have a social life?

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According to Cecile Andrews, author and former affiliated scholar with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research states that social capital creates better health, increased happiness and a longer life. In many cases people who work hard, obtain wealth and are seen as icons in the community do not have time for social ties.

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Olds and Schwartz, two associate clinical professors of psychiatry at Harvard medical School stated a belief that loneliness is often mistaken for depression and that loneliness is outside of some peoples individualistic views, especially those who value work over social relationships.

Robert Putnam, Harvard author of "Bowling Alone" writes about how social ties are associated with well-being and even democracy. The view is derived from the belief that people who feel more like they are a part of a group are more likely to vote.

The studies researched by Bewell Stanford determine that having social ties does increase happiness, but it also helps individuals live longer and healthier lives. Putnam goes as far as to say that if you do not belong to a group, but join one now, that the chance of dying in the next year is cut in half. When joining a group, social interaction must be a part of it, including face to face conversations in order for the results to work.

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