Q: I just don’t have time to make new friends. How wide a circle do I really need?

Expert Jennifer Cook, Executive Editor, Good Housekeeping discusses why strong friendships are key to feeling younger.

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Jenny says: There’s no magic number, but research does suggest that it’s a “more is more” situation, in which the greater the number of connections you have, the more you benefit, and the deeper those connections are, the more rewards you’ll reap. So if you’re too time-strapped to make new friends, focus on deepening your existing ties. Or reconnect with your family: friendships tend to depend on circumstances like work and geography, while family members are likely already deeply invested in you no matter what.