As students’ summer classes and work schedules fill their days to the brim, many may feel that the time crunch requires them to neglect their social life.
But not spending enough time with family and friends can compromise human health, UCLA researchers have found.
“(Social contact with others) has effects on the body that are more powerful than cigarette smoking and your cholesterol level,” said Shelley Taylor, a distinguished professor of psychology. “The magnitude is very strong.”
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Do you hear that, all you fellow college students who take too many hours of classes and participate in too many extracurriculars and run around being busy busy busy OMG SO BUSY?
You (and I) need a break.
Grab some friends, sit down (prefereably outside in the bright Indian summer sunshine) and relax. Talk. Play around, even.
You’ll be glad you did – much more glad, in the long run, than you would be if you stayed in and studied. I assure you, with few exceptions, your grades are not that important, in the grand scheme of things.