Happy workplace could extend life


August 11, 2011 2:24:28 PM PDT
Getting along with your colleagues isn't just good for making your workplace happy, it could also add years to your life.

Israeli researchers studied more than 800 adults who worked more than eight hours a day for about 20 years. Employees who reported low social support at work were more than twice as likely to die over the course of those two decades, compared with those who said they had a good social support system in the workplace.

Peer support was a stronger predictor of health and longevity than relationships with a supervisor or boss.

The findings are published in Healthy Psychology.