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You know that having close friends is one of the keys to longevity and wellbeing. But even being on good terms with your neighbors has benefits. Researchers from Rutgers University analyzed a 10-year study involving 1,000 adults. And they found having regular, positive contact with neighbors was linked to a greater sense of self-worth and purpose. Even if you just wave hello – or let a neighbor borrow your hedge clippers. It’s all down to the fact that our daily lives can be enriched by these seemingly minor encounters… which makes us feel like we’re part of a community, and that we add value to a larger social network – which has been proven to boost our health.

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