Health Benefits Of Friends And Family: 8 Reasons Why It's Healthy To Spend Time With Loved Ones

12/22/2012 10:15pm ET | Updated May 15, 2014

'Tis the season to gather those you love and soak up the quality time together. And really, we should be doing this all year round -- even research shows that spending time with loved ones is good for health.

From decreasing loneliness to slashing stress levels, from helping with quitting smoking to making a difference in healthy eating habits, check out these eight reasons why it's healthy to spend time with people you love.

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