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  • I'm very thankful that I have a great group of friends that care about me.

  • Triangle Bob makes me laughthough, usually not on purposeCirclia gives the best hugs, Rhombus gives me great fashion advice

  • and Greeg... well, I have no idea what he does, honestly; he vomits portals, I guess.

  • But all this reflection on friendship had me thinking: Are my friends helping me beyond just having fun?

  • Turns out, they might be saving my life.

  • What if you don't have any friends and are extremely lonely?

  • Well... stay tuned, I guess; cue the intro!

  • Hey, there; welcome to Life Noggin.

  • Great friends don't just drive you to the airport or help you move your Blockea furniture; they can also save your life.

  • There are many factors that determine your overall health that go way beyond your genes and lifestyle choices.

  • Everything from your living and work environments to your income and education play a role in your health, including your relationships.

  • These are called "social determinants of health", and studies have found that they can account for up to 35% of your health outcome.

  • But, in many cases, you don't have much control over them.

  • People who live in unsafe neighborhoods, don't have a stable income, and lack access to quality higher education or health care services have poorer health

  • because they experience pollution and violenceare unable to afford healthy foods and collegeand have less of an opportunity for exercise.

  • But friends can help reduce some of those negative impacts by improving your mental and physical health, and even helping you live longer.

  • Studies have found that the health benefits of social relationships occur at all stages of life.

  • In one study, researchers compared people who had lots of friends to those who were isolated.

  • They found that connected teenagers had a 25% lower chance of inflammationwhile socially-active seniors had a 54% lower chance of hypertension.

  • Other studies have found that friendships can help reduce the stress caused by rejection or teasing in school-aged children, and also reduced the risk of dementia in older populations.

  • And when it comes to your lifespan, having strong social relationships can have a major impact.

  • In a 2010 analysis of 148 studies, which included over 300,000 participants, researchers determined exactly how much relationships influence your risk for death.

  • They found that no matter what agebiological sex, initial health status, or cause of death,

  • people with stronger social relationships had a 50% increased likelihood of survival than those with weaker social relationships.

  • This is a massive amount of influence on your lifespan.

  • It's as big a health boost as quitting smoking and twice as much as exercising.

  • Listen, I know it can sometimes be hard to make friends, but they could give you a happierhealthier, and longer life.

  • So, try talking to some co-workers, join in-person meet-up groupsor even get your friends virtually with an online community like this one.

  • Our Discord link is down in the description!

  • Here's something we could try, actually; right now, comment down below the three things that you enjoy.

  • Maybe a certain video game, sport, or other activity.

  • If you find someone with similar interest, interact with them.

  • Maybe you'll meet your new best friend in the commentswho knows?

  • A big congrats to our winners of the Blockify Me character contest.

  • Did you see them throughout the video? (You) Might wanna go back and check.

  • Don't worry if you didn't get selected; because we had over 100,000 entries, which was a lot more than we thought we would havewe're doing this again.

  • Click the Gleam link in the description to enter for your chance to be turned into a Life Noggin character, like these wonderful people.

  • It's super easy.

  • Watch the problems you'll face with getting older video next or click here to watch this video next.

  • Check out, the team that powers Life Noggin, down in the description.

  • And, as always, my name is Blocko, this has been Life Noggin; don't forget to keep on thinking.

I'm very thankful that I have a great group of friends that care about me.

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