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Study: We Live Longer When We Like Our Co-workers

Your co-workers could help you live a longer life, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association.

It's not surprising that co-workers can give you heartburn, but it seems they really can impact your life. In fact, the researchers discovered employees in the 38 to 43 age range are the most likely to suffer, mortality-wise, when they encounter poor social support from peers at work. But their relationships with supervisors have no effect on mortality, which is sort of interesting. Maybe we expect the boss to be hard-driving, hard-nosed and hard to please, but not our peers?

Also, men get a "protective effect" on their health when they feel like they have control and decision authority at work, but apparently the mortality risks for women increase when they're given the same level of control and decision-making authority. So pace yourself, ladies.

You can read more about it here and here. The study appears in the May issue of the APA journal Health Psychology.


  1. This is very interesting. The result of the study could be a wake up call for office workers. We should start liking our colleagues, even those that we found hard to like. Difficult to do, but it can be good for our health.

  2. Yes, I guess we should think "I'm doing this for my own health" and then say something nice to our difficult co-workers. Or just spend more time hiding in our cubicles...


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