How friendships enrich your life and improve your health

Aristotle had said “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.”


Good friends are great for your health. They are your support system – they are there for you during hard times, and they are there for you to celebrate the good times. For most of us, our friends are the key to happiness.


Let’s celebrate all our friends and remind them how much they mean to us!


Here are five reasons to celebrate your friends:


Friends teach you vital life skills

Friends make you happier, help you get to know yourself better, and motivate and inspire you to reach your goals.


Childhood friendships start your learning process

Childhood friendships play an important role in our developmental process. A good friend can help teach you important life skills including trust, loyalty, and caring.



We turn to friends when we are stressed

Isn’t this true for most of us? We turn to friends to seek out social support – especially when we are troubled, worried or stressed.



Our friends help us feel optimistic

Friends provide daily social support which is a key factor in feeling optimistic. Optimism, in turn, increases our satisfaction with life and lowers risk of depression.


Friendships improve our health

For most of us, our friends are our support system. If we are feeling anxious or upset, their social support can help ward off depression. For people who are generally lonely, it is quite possible that they develop a higher blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. They’re more likely to “give up” or “quit trying” to deal with a stressor.


The baseline is that friends make us happier. You need them and they need you.  It doesn’t take much time to cultivate these bonds, but it does take some effort.  Your effort will clearly pay off in helping you lead a more fulfilling life.