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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

{Make Friends - Live Longer}

Already in 2005, I read about: 'Make Friends - Live Longer'
On our way to Curaçao, at Miami Airport I met with Friend Natacha who's my New World Sister!
Vrienden
Een uitgebreide kring van goede vrienden en bekenden bevordert bij ouderen een lang en gelukkig leven. Zo'n stevig sociaal netwerk draagt hieraan zelfs meer bij dan het hebben van familie, constateert L. Giles (Flinders University, Adelaide) in het vakblad Journal of Epimediological and Community Health op grond van een onderzoek onder 1500 zeventigplussers.
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Friends
comprehensive circle of good friends and acquaintances in the elderly promotes a long and happy life. Such a solid social network carries this even more than having family, notes L. Giles (Flinders University, Adelaide) in the Journal of Epimediology and Community Health on the basis of a survey of 1500 people over seventy.
Make friends, live longer ←click for Pdf
So let's continue to cultivate our Friendships for Longevity!
The Mayo clinic also writes -- Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health ←click it.
Old friends and mentors -- Costco Connection June 2012 ←click it and see page 13
Quote by Walter Scheel:
English: Friendship is not inherited
Dutch: Vriendschap kan men niet erven
German: Freundschaft wird nicht vererbt

Related links:
The Role People Play in Our Lives ... | post by friend +Celia M. High Heeled Life, about  Toxic People ~ when people really aren't your friends...
When Good Friends Happen ... part II | post by friend +Celia M. High Heeled Life  'As we get older mature...'

36 comments:

  1. i hope you live a long and healthy life, mariette. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Well, that's the wish of all human beings I guess!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Yes, friends are the best and yes they say are very healthy and us women have the best relationships with women friends.
    I once read that that's one of the reasons we live healthier and longer lives, that we are like the Russian dolls, one inside the other, we start with our mothers, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and walk up to the bigger ones; our best friends ! Your friend looks lovely, and I'm sure she is.
    You are my special bloggy friend Mariette. I can't fathom Alejandro making bloggy best friends, lol!
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      This proves so much to be true and I guess women do cultivate more friendships!
      Natacha is a dear New World sister to me and we will remain friends forever. You are a dear virtual friend indeed. Well, Pieter is reading my blog and comments and enjoys doing so. Men are different...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette,
    this is a good thing, but, it is hard to find good and true friends! ;O)
    Your friend really looks lovely and she shurely is a wonderful friend for you!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      It is a very good thing and it might be hard(er) for finding new friends but I feel that those we cultivated over 20+, 30+ and even over 40+ years are the most valuable ones.
      Natacha is a very warm and special person; I feel blessed having met her!
      Enjoy your week as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. ciao Mariette!!!!!! gli amici, le cose belle di cui ci circondiamo, sicuramente allungano la vita!!!!!! buona settimana e un grande abbraccio Lory

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    1. Cara Lory,
      Senza dubbio gli amici di cui ci circondiamo, allungando la vita!
      Buona settimana con un abbraccio forte!
      Mariette

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  5. Cherish your friends and live a long and happy, healthy life.

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    1. Dearest Marianne,
      It is so true and even more valuable over time when we age. To reminisce together about fond memories is a treasure shared.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Liebe Mariette,

    ich hatte mich vertippt.
    Gute Freunde sind wertvoll.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Oh ja gute Freunde sind sehr wertvoll und es wirkt gegenseitig so positiv.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  7. Having good friends, and true friends is really a blessing. They sure enrich your life!
    Though keeping in touch with friends can be hard sometimes, I think true friends can never break their bond :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      It is one of life's biggest blessings and it does support us in so many ways. Yes, I know it is hard for keeping in touch with those friends far away... but even than they always remain close at heart! That bond remains intact for life!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  8. It is certainly my friends near and far that help me get through the ups and downs of life. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Oh yes, we found out about that fact too and it is a blessing having such good friends!
      Hugs and blessings,
      Mariette

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  9. My dear friend Mariette:
    What a nice post. "You got to have friends to make that day last long," sings Bette Midler
    I'm so lucky to have good friends. Friends are very important in life, they help you face adverse events, they provide emotional support and I believe that helps you to deal with stress. Friends also encourage you to take better care of yourself. And I also read that people with wider social networks are higher in self-esteem. Near or far, friends will always be very important in our lives.
    I'm happy to have you as my faraway friend.
    Love,
    Laura

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Oh it balances out all the stress and that way you avoid becoming sick etc. A very nice way for having a network of good friends that support each other when needed!
      It sure is a blessing that we have met through blogging and even got to know each other better outside of blogging.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  10. Good friends can make life so much easier and happier

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, they make life a lot richer and more fulfilling!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette,
    Your friends are lovely looking natacka was your sister! We are good friends Thank you Dear Mariette!
    I'm looking of remind of our large good times! Pieter holding with you make for safe like with fresh flowers all the time!
    We having a another raining days again!
    Hugs and Kisses!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Who would not love a friend like Natacha?! She is such a kind and warm and beautiful person. Even more beautiful on the inside; which is what counts even more!
      Yes, we all cherish good times with friends and as long as we can share such friendships we can feel very rich! We have a wet week... miserable gray and dreary looking but we can do other things!
      Hugs and kisses back to you.
      Mariette

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  12. lieve Mariette ,
    Ik hoop dat je samen nog lang van jullie vriendschap
    mogen genieten ....
    veel liefs

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Ja, laten we dát hopen. We hebben hele fijne vrienden en ook al héél lang!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,
    Natacha is a very preety and special person for you!You must be blessed having her a friend! Friends are very important in life!Wishing you a lovely week!Hugs!
    Dimi...


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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Natacha is just one of our dear friends and so far we have great memories and hope we can add many more years to that. She is a beautiful person and even more so from the inside.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Lieve Mariette,

    Wanneer we allen echt eerlijk zijn weten we: ook in ware vriendschap is het niet altijd onbewolkt,
    net zo min als dat het in bloed -en aanverwantschap altijd peis en vree is.
    Maar een ding weet ik zeker dat tevreden en gelukkige mensen vaker hechtere vriendschap én goede familiebanden hebben.Alleen dat is al een goede reden om je gelukkig te voelen en te zijn.

    Wens jullie samen met goede vrienden nog een mooi en lang leven!!!

    Liefs,Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Wij zijn oud genoeg om te weten dat relaties tussen mensen gecompliceerd kunnen zijn maar wij hebben tot dusver weinig bewolkte dagen ondervonden met echte vrienden.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  15. You cherish your friends , as I cherish mine.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      We sure will and hope for many more years in good health!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Das ist sehr wahr, soziale Kontakte braucht der Mensch, sonst vereinsamt er und wird krank. Wir sind nicht als Einzelwesen geschaffen, ob man nun Familie hat oder Single ist, Kontakte sind wichtig. Vor allem auch "reale" Kontakte, bei denen man sich persönlich begegnet. Internet ist ganz sicher besser als reiner TV-Konsum, insofern haben die Älteren, die kaum mehr hinausgehen können, es heute besser als vorhergehende Generationen. Aber dennoch ersetzt das Internet keine realen Kontakte vor Ort.
    Alles Liebe auch hier
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Es stimmt, ein realer menschlicher Kontakt ist das allerbeste und wie ich im vorigem Posten: {The Surprising Power of our Social Networks} über Personen von 70 oder älter schon schrieb, ist es sehr wichtig!
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  17. You are so right about the importance of friendship. I am so thankful for mine, including those in the blog world. That is a beautiful picture of you and your dear friend.

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Thank you and yes, we too have been blessed with decennia old, true and meaningful Friendships! Natacha is like a real sister; only wish she would live closer to us, as it used to be in the early 80s. But we still manage to see each other several times.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Marietta,
    Thanks for the visit. I agree with these articles. Friends are so important.
    I actually met Marianne from Biebkriebels while visiting Amsterdam...and I consider her a friend!
    I am an American but I did live in Wassenaar, The Netherlands back in the 1980's.
    Again, great post. Tot Ziens. janey

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Small world and it must be great for having met with Marianne, she is a very observative and interesting person.
      Depending on what year in the 1980s we might have lived together in The Netherlands. We moved to the USA on August 29, 1983 and now are US Citizens.
      Sending you hugs and indeed, tot ziens!
      Mariette

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