Having a good friend circle might reduce common cold symptoms
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.