We often don’t give our mums the credit they deserve for the love and devotion they give us from birth and into adulthood.
They’ll always check in on us, even though we sometimes decline her calls, and she’ll check that we always have enough of what we need and help us out if she’s able to.
Now, some new studies have released information that might make you stop declining her calls so much and start being the one to call first! It turns out that hanging out with your mum more could actually help her live longer!
Researchers from the University of California revealed that loneliness plays an instrumental part in the health of people as they get older.
A study of 1600 people around the age of 71 found that those who described themselves as lonely had the highest mortality rates.
Of those who described themselves as lonely, a quarter died within six years of the study in comparison to 12 percent of participants who were not lonely.
Our craving for relationships and connections never goes away and it’s even more important as we grow older - and we’ll look at friendships in a whole new way!
"They're pretty tolerant of friends' imperfections and idiosyncrasies, more than young adults," Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained.
"You bring a lot more experience to your friendships when you're older. You know what's worth fighting about and not worth fighting about."
Basically, as we get older we will care less about those superficial friendships we have and care more for the people that actually wholly care about us!
How does this link in to helping our mums live longer?
Well, obviously our relationship with our mum means a LOT to her (and us!), so fostering and growing it is important to help shirk away any feelings of loneliness or abandonment!
And if there is one person we can count on to actually love us for us, it’s our mum!
This all goes for our dads, too, so don’t forget to give your parents a call and hang out with them - you’ll only ever regret the moments you didn’t get to spend time together!