Research shows that support groups improve outcomes. Great article summarizing the research. Thanks, WiL (Writing into the Light)
We all have problems. Let’s face it: humans are problems. We create problems, we live problems, we solve problems, we prolong problems, we complain about problems, we hate problems, some of us love problems, we…well, you get the idea.
Whether your problems come from within such as in the case of an illness, or from something outside of you, such as your demanding boss, research shows that we are more likely to better copewith our problems with some kind of support from peers who have been in the same situation as we face.
Bycoping better I mean we may live happier lives, have less stress, increased psychological well-being, and decreased negative symptoms.
Now, while you might not join a support groupto deal with an a-hole of a boss, you may want to consider one if you deal with chronic mental or physical illnesses, bereavement issues, weight loss or addiction issues…
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