It turns out that forgoing the library to go to that spur-of-the-moment party with your college roommates might have some health benefits down the road. Researchers have discovered that having strong social connections at the age of 20 led to the highest levels of well-being 30 years later, which included decreased risk of premature death as well as less depression, loneliness and better relationships. One reason why the age of 20 is such a pivotal time for fostering social connections is due to being when ‘young adults determine who they are,’ say the researchers. Even if you didn’t have an active social life in college, there’s no reason why you can’t start reaping the benefits now. In addition to what’s mentioned above, being social is also tied to lower Alzheimer’s risk, heart disease risk and blood pressure. Do you think being social in your 20s has aided you later in life? Sound off in the comments!