Daily Health Tips update for June 17:
It might sound strange, but if you want a longer, healthier life, experts suggest getting yourself some friends. In fact, working adults who lack a strong social support were twice as likely to die in the next 20 years as their more social co-workers.
So why is that? Research suggests that low levels of social support at work increases stress, which can lead to a host of problems including a shift in sleeping habits and the inability to rebound from stressful situations. So how can you make and keep friends at work? Here are some tips.
- Don’t talk smack about your boss. Sure, you may think your boss is a total idiot from time to time, but you should probably keep that to yourself. You never know which of your words could fall onto the wrong ears and come back to bite you. If you need to blow off some steam, tell your significant other or another friend outside office walls.
- Don’t put down other co-workers. Every company has an office jerk. You know it, the guy next to you knows it, heck even the jerk probably knows it, so gossiping about it to co-workers simply makes you look untrustworthy and can damage other relationships.
- Be careful what you share. Although you’re trying to make friends, work should always come first, so when sharing any personal information, especially that which could incriminate you at work, remember that work is work and zip the lip.
- Mind the Golden Rule. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the nice things people do for you, but make sure you acknowledge your thanks for a favor or job well done. Similarly, if you see a co-worker in distress, lend an ear and help problem solve. Good deeds help boost the morale of everyone in your office and make you look like a rockstar employee.