WOMEN
10/02/2013 08:55 am ET

7 Awesome Ways Relationships Boost Your Health

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If there's one thing that scientists, philosophers, therapists and spiritual leaders all seem to agree on, it's that personal relationships matter.

Who you're connected to, and how, can have a profound effect on everything from your personal happiness, stress and anxiety levels and finances to your physical appearance -- and studies increasingly show -- your health. And we're not just talking romantic relationships here. All matter of interpersonal connections can have a direct impact on your wellbeing, oftentimes, for the better.

In celebration of that fact, we've rounded up seven of the totally amazing ways relationships can boost your health. Think of it as our way of nudging you to call that long-lost friend, say OK to that blind date, kiss your partner the minute he or she walks through the door, sneak out of the office a few minutes early to hang with your kids, invite your own mom for a cup of coffee, or do whatever it is you need to do to get your relationship on.

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7 Awesome Ways Relationships Affect Health
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