Why are friends so important?
Our society often places an emphasis on romantic relationships. We think just finding the right person will make us happy and fulfilled. But research shows that friends are more important for our mental well-being. Friends bring more happiness to our lives than anything else.
Friendship has a huge impact on your mental health and happiness. Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and happiness, and prevent loneliness and isolation. Developing intimacy can have a powerful impact on your physical health. Lack of social networking can put you at greater risk, such as smoking, drinking too much, or living a sedentary life. Friends are even tied to longevity.
But intimate friendships do not just happen. Many of us strive to meet people and develop quality communication. Whatever your age or circumstances, however, it’s never too late to make new friends, re-connect with old people, and greatly improve your social, emotional and social well-being.
The benefits of friendship
While building and maintaining friendships takes time and effort, a good friendship can be:
Develop your feelings. Spending time with happy, upbuilding friends can lift your spirits and boost your outlook.
Help us reach your goals. Whether you are trying to fit in, stop smoking, or otherwise improve your life, motivation from a friend can increase your energy and increase your chances of success.
Reduce your stress and depression. Having an active social life can strengthen your immune system and help reduce isolation, which is a major cause of depression.
Support in difficult times. Whether it’s just someone to share your problems with, friends can help you deal with a serious illness, loss of a job or someone you love, a breakup in relationships, or other challenges in life.
Support yourself as you get older. As you age, retirement, illness and the death of your loved ones can leave you left alone. Knowing that there are people you can turn to to find a company and support them can give purpose as you get older and acts as a struggle against depression, disability, difficulties and loss.
Increase your confidence. Friendship is a two-way street, and the generous side of giving and taking makes your sense of worthless. The presence of your friends makes you feel needed and adds purpose to your life.
Why online friends aren’t enough
Technology has changed the definition of friendship in recent years. By clicking the button, we can add a friend or make new connections. But having hundreds of online friends is not the same as having a close friend who can spend time with someone. Online friends cannot hug you when difficulties arise, visit you when you are sick, or celebrate a happy occasion with you. Our most important and powerful communication happens when we are face to face. So make it a priority to connect with people in the real world, not just online.