From financial struggles to rising unemployment, every day seems to bring more stress to our lives.
Now, more than ever a new study says you may want to reach out and make a few friends.
Good Question: Could my friends really help me live longer?
At this gourmet cooking school there's no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen, in fact the more the merrier.
"Four hours of cooking, eating and drinking with people, its so much fun," said Mary Risley.
At this school, students whip up more than good food many become lifelong friends.
" I don't think we'll ever lose touch," said one student.
New research suggests having friends and keeping in touch may help you live longer.
"I definitely think friends keep us healthy, friends care about us."
The new study by Brigham Young University says simple human contact with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues improves your odds of survival by 50%.
"Maybe it's that your happier therefore you live longer," said one student.
In fact, scientists found that having little human contact can be as risky to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic.
The research also suggests that few social interactions can be more harmful than not exercising and twice as harmful as being obese.
The study suggests physicians start screening patients for social relationship now the same way they do for smoking, diet and exercise.
Breaking a little bread turns out could be the recipe for a longer life
"So I don't know how that actually leads to living longer but it might lead to living better,"said a student.