SMALL GROUPS & Researchers discover it’s better to feast on fried food with friends than to eat Brussels sprouts alone.

by Jason Williams, Saddleback Church, 9/30/21.

The Alameda County Study is one of the most thorough and groundbreaking studies on relationships ever conducted. A team of Harvard researchers tracked a group of 7,000 people over the course of a nine-year period, and their findings were fascinating. 

They discovered that people who had poor health habits (smoking, overeating, excessive drinking, etc.) but strong group ties lived significantly longer than people who took great care of their health but were relationally isolated.  To put it another way, it’s better to feast on fried food with friends than to eat Brussels sprouts alone. 

The research team had stumbled upon a truth we were reminded of over the past 18 months and that God made clear from the dawn of humanity: “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We were made for community.

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