Your Friends Are Your Future

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You’ve probably heard it more times than you can count. “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” a quote attributed to motivational speaker Jim Rohn.

There’s also the “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” derivative.  Whichever you’ve heard, the intent is the same. Audit the people around you. Make sure that you’re spending time with people who are in line with what you want for your own life. It’s compelling and provocative. The Framingham Heart Study applied this concept to obesity research, which showed that if a friend of yours becomes obese, you yourself are 45% more likely to gain weight over the next 2-4 years due to changes in your perception of what is an acceptable body size and changes in your behavior. Husbands of pregnant wives find themselves gaining weight during the pregnancy, which points to a relaxed attitude about a larger stomach. And it doesn’t stop there. Their research also found that happy friends make you happier. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,000 people over 20 years found that one person’s happiness spreads through their social group even up to three degrees of separation, and that the effect lasts as long as a year. Those you spend the most time with, influence your future. Now is the time to examine your entire network and its influence on your life.

Something to Think About
You’re not the average of the five people you surround yourself with. It’s way bigger than that. You’re the average of all the people who surround you. So take a look around and make sure you’re in the right surroundings.

Weekly Activity
Closely examine your network of friends and peers and ensure that you are surrounded by those who will have a positive impact on your life.

Words of Wisdom
Relationships are at the heart of your wellbeing and happiness. Nurture them and they will nurture you. – Mensah Oteh

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn

Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. – Josh Billings

If you know the art of deep breathing, you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers. – Chinese adage

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. – Winston Churchill

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