life it is critically important to select your friends carefully for any
number of reasons. Studies have shown that you become the average of the four
or five people with whom you spent the most time. Studies have also shown that
within a period of two or three years, you have an increased risk for picking
up the behavioral patterns of those same individuals. This is especially true
in relations to smoking, eating, obesity, exercising, and happiness, etc.. Take obesity, for example. Researchers have discovered that people whose close friends were obese were fifty-seven percent
more likely to become obese, as well—and obesity is associated with more than
50 diseases including dementia. This doesn’t mean that you
“will” mimic their behaviors but that it is more likely that this will
happen—you have an increased risk.” Part of this susceptibility may be due to
mirror neurons in your pre-frontal cortex ‘firing’ as you watch other do a behavior.
Part is likely due to the conversations you have with those friends and what
you hear them say to themselves and to others.