A robust social life is linked to good health: People with strong relationships have better immunity, less inflammation, and longer lives compared to lonely people.
So it makes sense that FOMO is a natural reaction to feeling left out, says Matt Berenc, director of education at the Equinox Fitness Training Institute in Beverly Hills.
One reason the jealousy may reach its max pre-event, he notes: It’s easy to overestimate how fun a wedding, vacation, or brunch run will be when it hasn't happened yet, making your impending absence seem like a bigger deal than it really is.
The bottom line:
To dodge the worst of FOMO, Berenc recommends looking at photos of your last trip or night out whenever the jealousy creeps in. If you’re missing out because of other commitments (like training for a marathon or working long hours to score a promotion), tape a note about your goal on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or other visible place, he adds. This will remind you that you’re skipping an event for good reason.
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