The Right Tribe
Surround yourself with people who share your core beliefs. Good habits that will add years to our lives, instead of subtract years from our lives, are so much easier to acquire when those around you are already practicing them.
Those in the longevity cultures studies in the Blue Zones worked and socialized with each other, which reinforced the behaviors of their culture.
In a nine year study by Professor Lisa Berkman of Harvard University concerning social connection and longevity, she found that those with the most social connectedness lived longer.
What About Your Good Friends?
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine aptly demonstrated how very powerful an immediate social network can be. They studied 12,067 people over a 32 year period. Their results shows that subjects were more likely to become obese when their friends became obese.
In the case of close friends the correlation was astounding. If one became obese, the odds of the other becoming obese nearly tripled. It is like a domino effect. The good news is that if one lost weight, the odds were good that the other would as well.
A Domino Effect
Now comes the question: who are your close friends? What kind of influence will they have one you? What kind of influence might you have on them? Will they influence you to fall into the habits of the “unfit and unhealthy”? Or will you influence them to add years of health and fitness to their lives?