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Invest in friendship and improve your health: 3 reasons your friends will help you live longer

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 11:30 am

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Not only do friends make you happier, they also help you live a longer and healthier life. Friendship supports physical, mental and emotional health.

Here are 3 ways friends benefit your health:

 

 

1. Less loneliness, more connection.


 

Though it may seem like common sense, friends help keep you social. The socialization aspect of friendship is very important because when you socialize, you feel connected to others and less isolated. Loneliness and isolation pose huge risks to our physical and mental health. So not only do friendships help you build social skills, they also reduce the risk of isolation.


Good friends not only prevent isolation; they prevent loneliness. It’s the relationship quality that counts. When you feel lonely, you know you can reach out to a good friend to talk, joke, spend time with or all of the above.

 

 

2. Reduce stress.


 

When was the last time you felt upset or worried about something? Do you remember mentioning your concern to a friend? If yes, you probably experienced a sense of relief immediately after venting.


Stress can contribute to major health risks including:

 

  • Poor immune health
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure


This is why it’s important we find healthy ways to mitigate stress. Research proves that maintaining strong friendships reduces stress. Friends can also prevent you from feeling stress in the first place.

 

 

3. Supports emotional health and boosts happiness


 

When it comes to health, your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. To feel a sense of belonging, increase self worth and self confidence, spend time with a good friend.


Your friends support you by:

  • Being good listeners
  • Helping to distract you when you’re feeling down
  • Validating your feelings
  • Doing nice things for you just because


While this is only a short list, the benefits of a true friendship are innumerable. This is why we do what we do at The Friendship Circle of Washington. Everybody deserves to feel connected to and supported by others no matter what their background or ability may be. We were all put on this Earth for a reason. Our existence is not a mistake. We are all inherently valuable and deserving of true health and happiness; good friends are a part of this equation.


 

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