03
Oct

Gen Y: Beware of Being Alone for Most of Your Lives

Health expert and writer, Marisa Weiss reports for the WSJ, “What health issue will millennials have to deal with that their parents didn’t?


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Being alone for most of their adult lives.

The fabric of our society is rapidly changing. Now for the first time, most people over 16 in the U.S. are single: eating alone, sleeping alone, watching TV alone, and supporting themselves alone.

This is very worrisome since research consistently shows that sharing your life makes you live longer and better.

One study showed that being single is as dangerous as smoking or obesity.

Another study showed that marriage has a greater survival benefit than chemotherapy relative to the top five most common cancers in women and men, although the benefit is bigger for men.

Also being in a relationship gives you important self-insights and improves your ability to get along with people in all areas of your life.

Finding ways to share your everyday life can make a big difference—exercising in a class (not on the treadmill alone in your basement), going out to dinner with friends, walking with friends, joining a club centered on an activity you enjoy (bridge, tennis, cooking, books, etc.), and of course, “putting yourself out there” with new methods of dating.”

 

 

 

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

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