Being anti-social could be affecting your health

Talking to Strangers Is Good for You! Here's Why

While the introverts of the world may consider this "how to talk to strangers" class to be painfully awkward, it could just save your life. Science has spoken — maintaining an active social life is imperative to living a healthy life.

In a study led by Brigham Young University's Julianne Holt-Lunstad, extensive research showed that living alone, or even spending a lot of your time on your own, "can compromise your physical and psychological resilience."

The study, "Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality," was published in March 2015 issue of Psychological Science. The main takeaways from the study are: "that people who lacked social and community ties were more likely to die in the follow-up period than those with more extensive contacts."

Put more simply, you are at a 30% higher risk of dying than your social butterfly peers — if you consider yourself lonely, others consider you to be lonely, or if you live alone.

If you fall into this category, time to step outside your comfort could save your life!

See how Bryan Law, a self described introvert, became part of Google's leadership team for Global Business Strategy:
Bryan Law on Going From Introvert to Extrovert in a Business Career

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