The Easy Way to Build a Force Field of Disease-Free Living

Maybe you’re thinking diet, exercise, supplements, yoga or meditation.  All proven to reduce stress, fight or prevent disease. But there’s more.

What’s more?

Social ties, face-to-face contact. That’s the key. Social ties create an invisible force field for disease-free living. Research says it makes us healthier, happier, smarter and more likely to live longer.

From: The Village Effect: How Face to Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and Smarter 

“Our social ties influence our sense of satisfaction with life, our cognitive skills, and how resistant we are to infections and chronic disease.  While information about diet, exercise, and new classes of drugs has created the life-changing breakthroughs of past decades, new evidence shows that social bonds are equally transformative.

Want to build a force field for longevity?

Get social.

Without face to face contact, we suffer. Research shows that, “feeling lonely exaggerates inflammation.” That’s bad news for health seekers.

What’s an easy way to start building your force field? Here’s one that adds as many years to our lives as quitting smoking.

Play Cards, Hang Out with Friends

“Research shows that playing cards once a week or meeting friends every Wednesday night at Starbucks adds as many years to our lives as taking beta blockers or quitting a pack-a-day smoking habit.

Who knew playing cards was so healthy?  Researchers did. They showed how card playing and other forms of face to face contact have a profound power – at the level of our DNA.

Switches On and Off Genes

From: The Village Effect: How Face to Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and Smarter 

“In 2007, the first study was published that revealed one of the hidden mechanisms linking social interaction to recovery in humans: Steve Cole and his team at UCLA discovered that social contact switches on and off genes that regulate our immune response to cancer and the rate of tumor growth.

Face to face contact enhances our DNA to fight disease!

(On Inspired Living™ Archive: For more on How to Master Your Exercise DNA for Endurance, click here).

Hanging out with friends may have life-giving power. It appears to give us a mental edge too.


Supports Longevity and Mental Health

From: The Village Effect: How Face to Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and Smarter 

“One study of almost three thousand Americans found that people with close friendships are far less likely to die young, and in 2004, a Swedish epidemiologist discovered the lowest rate of dementia in people with extensive social networks.

Live longer, help your brain stay healthy, and protect your heart. Guys listen up. Studies show that, “Fifty year old men with active friendships are less likely to have heart attacks than more solitary men.”

Getting together is good for health. But if you don’t like playing cards, you can try other relationship builders found here OR for secrets to healthy long term relationships, go here.

Now, let’s wrap-up the easy way to build a force field of disease free living.


  1. Get Face-to-Face Contact – Social ties build a force field to make us smarter, healthier, happier and more likely to live longer.
  1. Play cards and Hang out with Friends Weekly – It switches on genes for mental and physical health benefits. And, social ties support healthy longevity, especially as we age.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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