|Twinkies for brunch|
A few Sundays ago I quoted John Ortberg's book Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.
Ortberg tells of a research project done a number of years ago by a social scientist from Harvard. The researchers tracked 7,000 people over a period of nine years, and one of the things they learned is that people who were isolated and had few or no friends were three times more likely to die younger than those who had strong relational connections.
Maybe even more surprising was this fact: People who had what we normally consider bad health habits (such as smoking, poor eating habits, obesity, or alcohol use) but strong social ties lived significantly longer than people who had great health habits but were isolated.
"In other words,” Ortberg says, “it is better to eat Twinkies with good friends than to eat broccoli alone.”
Another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, told of a project in which 276 volunteers were infected with a virus that produced the common cold.Those who had close friends were four times better fighting off the illness than those who were more isolated.
The study said these people were less susceptible to colds, had less viruses, and produced significantly less mucous than people who kept to themselves.
Ortberg's conclusion: People without friends are literally snottier than people with good friends.
So invite someone to brunch after worship today.