Supportive and Mindful Communication

Authored by: Susanne M. Jones , Lucas J. Youngvorst

The Routledge Handbook of Positive Communication

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138633278
eBook ISBN: 9781315207759
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Almost four decades of research confirms that people with fewer social support resources are between 1.5 and 3.0 times more likely to die from all causes compared to people with more robust social networks, even when controlling for self-reported and physiological markers of health risk. A 2010 meta-analysis provided further evidence that supportive relationships in particular benefit health on par with smoking cessation and reduced alcohol consumption.3 Not only does quality support allow people to cope more effectively with difficult emotions, but it also contributes to a relationship’s emotional capital by allowing people to flourish in good and bad times.

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