TODAY Show: Importance of Friendship in Middle Age

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Joan Lunden

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I am so lucky to have a friend like Louise! Louise and We had a great time filming the TODAY Show segment that aired this morning. As it turns out, a friendship like we share is scientifically good for our long-term mental health!

Louise and I participated in an experiment with neuroscientist, James Coan at the University of Virginia. Louise was put into a MRI machine where she would see cues about receiving an electric shock. The experiment measured the anticipated anxiety before receiving an shock. Watch the video to see the difference in Louise's anxiety when she was alone, holding the hand of a stranger, and holding my hand. 

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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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