Perhaps you’ve heard or read the latest research that married couples live longer than singles because of the strong bond of connection with spouses.
Having fewer social ties and connections is associated with a weaker immune system. A weakened immune system is less able to ward off various diseases and illnesses like colds and flu. However, if the single or divorced person has strong bonds with others, he or she will fare just as well as the married couples.
This year a few of my clients have commented that their friendships of many years seem to be waning because busy-ness with work and family take up the time for getting together to socialize.
Pam (not her real name), one of my clients who is in her fifties, has had many friends over the years: friends from high school and college years and throughout her adult married life. Pam divorced this year. Her children are married, and she is trying to reconnect with various friends. [Read more…]