Sumary of Giving social support to others may boost your health:
- When it comes to your health, being willing to give social support to your spouse, friends and family may be just as important as receiving assistance, a new study suggests.
- While researchers have long thought that receiving social support from others is a key to health, results from studies have shown mixed results.
- So researchers from The Ohio State University decided to see if giving support may also play an important role in health.
- They found that on one important measure of health — chronic inflammation — indicators of positive social relationships were associated with lower inflammation only among people who said they were available to provide social support to family and friends.
- In other words, having friends to lean on may not help your health unless you also say that you’re available to help them when they need it.
- “Positive relationships may be associated with lower inflammation only for those who believe they can give more support in those relationships,” said Tao Jiang, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in psychology at Ohio State.
- Preliminary evidence in the study suggested that the link between health and the willingness to help others may be especially important for women.
- and Syamil Yakin, research assistant, all in psychology at Ohio State.