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News to Me: Making Friends at Work Is Good for You

According to a recent article in New York Times, a new study says that making friends with your cubemates is beneficial to your health. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center studied data collected from more than 24,000 Canadian workers in 2002 and discovered that men and women who felt they could lean on office friends for support during times of stress were two to three times less likely to suffer major bouts of depression than their coworkers who didn't have the same kind of support system.

Emma Robertson Blackmore, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester, feels these relationships are so crucial because work friends get where you're coming from, whereas your friends and family don't have the same level of understanding.

Dear's Advice: Although being chummy at work might be frowned upon by your boss, it's better for your emotional and physical wellbeing to develop relationships with those who share your grievances.


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