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Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. There are a variety of factors that affect happiness in later life.
Bernard: Our research suggests that social connectedness is very important in later life.
Narrator: NIH’s Dr. Marie Bernard, says research shows that the network of individuals that you interact with can make a difference.
Bernard: If you're interacting with happy people, you're more likely to be happy. If you're interacting with people who don’t smoke or who are stopping smoking, you're more likely to do that. On the flipside, if you interact with a lot of people who are obese, you are more likely to be obese and you have to be careful about your friends.
Narrator: She adds that people who are involved with organizations like clubs or churches tend to have better health and greater longevity than others. For details, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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