Hav­ing a good friend cir­cle might re­duce com­mon cold symp­toms

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AC­CORD­ING TO THE STUDY, PAR­TIC­I­PANTS WHO FELT LONELY HAD WORSE COLD SYMP­TOMS AS THEY THOUGHT NO ONE CARED

That an­noy­ing cold both­er­ing you again? Your friends can be of some help. Ac­cord­ing to re­search from Fin­land and the US, there are sev­eral pos­si­ble ways to feel bet­ter while suf­fer­ing from a cold and re­duce its duration.

The first study, car­ried out by Rice Univer­sity in the US, found that peo­ple who had a cir­cle of friends and ac­quain­tances in­di­cated mild cold symp­toms. Those who thought that no one cares for them re­ported worse cold symp­toms.

Re­sults showed that par­tic­i­pants who felt lonely had worse cold symp­toms while the size and di­ver­sity of so­cial network seemed not to affect the re­spon­dents’ sick­ness. This im­plies that it is not the num­ber of friends that re­duced the cold symp­toms, but the feel­ing of hap­pi­ness to know that there are peo­ple who care.

“This paper is about the qual­ity of your re­la­tion­ships, not the quan­tity,” com­mented study author Angie LeRoy. Aside from hap­pi­ness, Vi­ta­min C was iden­ti­fied as an­other weapon against cold symp­toms. This was the find­ings of a study con­ducted at the Univer­sity of Helsinki in Fin­land.

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