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New study shows hanging out with your besties will help you live longer!

This calls for a girls night!

A new study out of the University of Oxford shows that hanging out with your friends twice a week helps you live longer.

So if you ever needed an excuse to organise a girls night this is it!

‘People with larger and/or more integrated network suffer less illness, recover quicker from surgery, are less likely to die – and even their children are less likely to die.’ Professor of evolutionary psychology Dr. Robin Dunbar told the Huffington Post.

‘For both sexes having a large, well-integrated social network has a significant impact on both physical and emotional health,’ he continued. 

The study from the UK surveyed groups of individuals after they hung out with friends at a soccer match and after they played with friends via online gaming.

The results showed that the real-life experience far outweighed the enjoyment scale when measure against the online experience – no surprise there!

Dr. Robin Dunbar also stated that men typically have four or five good friends whilst women tend to focus on one relationship who they consider their ‘BFF’.

So call your bestie and pull out the wine and cheese – because spending time with your BFF will help you live longer!

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