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Don’t worry Wilson, I’ll do all the paddling. You just hang on.

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Ever been stuck on a desert island, by yourself, after your plane fell out of the sky? No? Well, It sucks. Sitting on the beach under the sun is supposed to be relaxing, not when there are chunks of airplane around you! Also, you are all wet because you just landed in the ocean, and now you have no towel. A package washes up on shore a few days after your plane crash, it is a volleyball. Really? A volleyball…out of everything that could have washed up from the wreckage, you get a volleyball, that is exactly what you need to save your life. Well, if you are resourceful, and happen to cut your hand trying to start a fire, super high-five the volleyball with your bloody hand, carefully carve a face into the ball and then come up with a clever name for him. “Wilson!” you jump up and shout. Well guess what, Wilson just became the source of managing your stress and just increased your chances of getting of that island alive. By creating a friend, you have also just created a way to combat stress. You just created a Social Support Network.
Social Support gives you a sense of belonging. Spending time with people helps ward off loneliness. Whether it’s other new moms, dog lovers, fishing buddies or siblings, just knowing you’re not alone can go a long way toward coping with stress. Social Support gives you a increased sense of self-worth; having people who call you a friend reinforces the idea that you’re a good person to be around. Social Support also gives you a feeling of security; your social network gives you access to information, advice, guidance and other types of assistance should you need them. It’s comforting to know that you have people you can turn to in time of need.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/social-support/SR00033

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