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Staying socially active is good for your health

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Getting together with friends on a regular basis could keep you happier and healthier.

A couple of studies published in the American Psychological Association's Health Psychology journal in June 2014 suggest that staying mentally and physically active and having strong social connections can improve your overall health.

One of the studies, which included interviews with nearly 3,000 older Americans, found that people who engaged in leisure activities such as playing with their grandchildren or cooking had better overall health and well-being—especially when those activities involved physical exercise.

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