We long have been given tips on how to live a long life that includes exercise, diet and other healthy practices. Then, of course, there are genetic factors. David Hamilton in a recent column in The Huffington Post tells of a surprising new ingredient to a long and healthy life. The secret: friendship. He tells of a 2010 study at Brigham Young University involving 308,849 people. People with a strong social network had a 50 percent increase in the likelihood of survival over a 7.5 years period. Not only do people live longer and healthier, they live happier.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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