What better way is there to chase away the winter blues than getting together with your friends for a fun evening? Have you ever called a pal just to chat on a day when your spirits were down? The instant gratification we feel when socializing is the result of “feel good” hormones released during social interaction. But the benefits of having an active social life go far beyond this quick boost in happiness. In fact, studies show how strong social relationships help us live longer and healthier lives.