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People who get along well with others, including family, friends, and neighbors, may be healthier than those who don’t — so suggest the results of a recent study reported in Health Psychology.

Researchers from Portland State University School of Community Health (Oregon) conducted a two-year study of 666 older adults, aged 65 to 90, and found an association between higher levels of negative social exchanges and poorer health.

According to a recent article in HealthDay News,

The findings don’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between social life and health. Still, “the take-home message is that conflict in your life may have important impacts on your physical health,” said study lead author Jason T. Newsom…

Maybe it’s time to add a little conflict resolution training to your daily workout regimen.

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Diane J. Levin

Diane Levin, J.D., is a mediator, dispute resolution trainer, negotiation coach, writer, and lawyer based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has instructed people from around the world in the art of talking it out. Since 1995 she has helped clients resolve disputes involving tort, employment, business, estate, family, and real property… MORE >

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