3. Your stress level drops
Whether it’s coffee at your kitchen table or a visit to an art gallery, carving out time for friends pays off. While we all know that loneliness can make us unhappy, research suggests it can be a killer as well. IResearchers at the University of Chicago analyzed data from several studies that showed lonely people reacted more intensely to the curveballs life threw their way. For some people, that led to elevated levels of epinephrine, part of the body’s “fight-or-flight” system. Consistent spikes in stress hormones can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.