Our peers are an important part of our daily lives. They can be classmates, colleagues, teammates, or other friends who share similar interests. We experience many of our best moments with our peers and lean on them during times of hardship.
But did you know that when it comes to our health and well-being, leaning on our peers for support may help to improve health and social outcomes? By sharing advice and encouragements based on their own lived experiences, research has shown that our peer-support system can help us stay physically active, quit smoking and drinking alcohol, and lowering blood sugar to manage diabetes (among other things).