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Health Benefits of Relationships

Spending happy times with family and friends is more than just fun. It's good for your health. WebMD guest expert Henry S. Lodge, MD, says good relationships can lower your risk of some diseases and are good for your brain.

Take a look at your relationships. Are you as connected as you'd like to be? If not, Dr. Lodge suggests reaching out to family and friends. It's even easier with the help of social media. Make plans to get together on a regular basis.

One WebMD Community member says it's hard for her to spend time with friends because she has two small children. But when she does, it makes her feel great. Another member says that being with negative people can have a big impact on health, too. She suggests breaking off those relationships.

How often do you get together with friends and family? How does it make you feel?

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