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While it’s true that the more people we’re around – the more infections we’re exposed to, that’s actually a good thing. It strengthens our immunity over time. And the British Medical Journal found that extroverts, who spent a lot of time with others, had heartier immune systems and were more resilient when they did get sick, than loners. Another upside of being social? Researchers think that spending time with other people stimulates certain genes that help the body fight off viruses.

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