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The Friendship Stone Helps Friends Remain Healthy
Date:7/22/2009

one’s health, regardless of whether it prompts feelings of loneliness or perceived lack of social support.

-   Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that people who described themselves as lonely were twice as likely to develop dementia.

-   Most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated. This research was discovered and lead by the University of Chicago’s Lucy Flower Professor in Sociology and leading expert on aging Linda Waite.

-   John Cacioppo, psychologist and neuroscientist, found that social isolation is a risk factor to one’s health as comparable to obesity, sedentary lifestyles and possibly even smoking. He suggests that loneliness does not mean there is something wrong with one’s social skills. It just means that one needs a “connectedness top-up”. He says deep friendships are best, but even “a conversation at the shop” would help.

The Friendship Stone is natural, variegated Tiger’s Eye semi-precious gemstone which originates from Western Africa. Ten percent of profits from The Friendship Stone product range is donated back to Project South Africa, to help improve the lives of the villagers from where the stones originate. For additional information on The Friendship Stone, visit www.thefriendshipstone.com.

About My Stone Company

My Stone Company, the creators of The Friendship Stone was established in 2007 by Cathy Raff after a visit to South Africa where she discovered the Tiger’s Eye semi-precious gemstone. The remarkable beauty of the stone and the ability to change its look with the rays of light became an inspiration and metaphor for how one
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