Steepness Of The Hill

I took the following excerpt from a New York Times article called What Are Friends For? A Longer Life
Last year, researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack.

They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.

The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.

“People with stronger friendship networks feel like there is someone they can turn to,” said Karen A. Roberto, director of the center for gerontology at Virginia Tech. “Friendship is an undervalued resource. The consistent message of these studies is that friends make your life better.”


  1. Jamie,

    Just a random observer who found your blog and wanted to tell you
    how much I admire you and Jimmy,
    how grateful I am to see your commitment to marriage and love,
    how inspired I am to be more prayerful & more thankful, and
    how much hope you are offering the world through your spirit and honesty through such a time as this.

    It's tough to comprehend but we really can do hard things.

    Carry on, warrior.

    PS - if you haven't ever seen then check it out. I think you would love it and hopefully be offered some comfort, community & inspiration.

  2. Ashley...
    Thanks so much for writing -- and reading.
    I appreciate you.
    Reading Momastery right now... amazing stuff.
    Thank you so much!


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