What is friendship?
Does it mean having each other in your Facebook list?
Does it mean that you meet each other every weekend?
It is a relationship between two people who care for each other
But does such a dry definition do justice to the concept of friendship?
Well I don’t think so…..
A friend is the first person you want to call when you hear some good news.
A friend remembers what you like and what you don’t.
A friend will accompany you even on the most boring of tasks and will make them fun for you.
In other words, friendship is wonderful, amazing, and fantastic and much ink has been spilled in citing the qualities of having friends.True #friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost― Colton Click To Tweet
Friendship is a personal relationship that is reciprocated. You need to understand the difference between friends and people who act friendly. Real friends make you feel good and have a positive influence in your life.
Ask yourself these simple questions:
- How does this person make you feel when you are with him/her?
- Do you look forward to meet them?
- Can you share your joy with them?
The answers to these will tell you who your real friends are.
Friendship and Health
“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.” ―Charles Caleb Colton
We all know that our lifestyle and diet plays a very important role in our health and well-being. But do you know that our social circle, most importantly our friends also affect our health.
A man of wisdom was once asked – what is his richest treasure?
He said that all his happiness is treasured in his friends. Friendship is the most precious relationship he cherishes.
Friends, without a doubt, are an important part of our lives. They are the ones who let us be the way we are, and love us without any pretensions. They help us rise from our steepest fall, and help us smile even in the darkest of times. All in all, friends are always with us and influence our thoughts and outlook.
All these things tell us how friendship affects our day-to-day lives. Let’s take it one step further and have a look at how friendship affects our health.A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart - Heather Pryor Click To Tweet
How Friendship affects our health?
Glance through all the feel-good aspects of friendship and its effects on our physical and mental health.
1. Improves psychological well-being
Loneliness is the basic reason for many emotional problems. With friends, we do not suppress our emotions. A friend is always there when we need to talk or express our feelings. Friendship is of great significance, as it can help you overcome any mental distress and issues. Friendship helps in keeping depression at bay. It increases feelings of contentedness and happiness. It also helps in coping with an emotional trauma, like loss or death of a loved one, failure, divorce, illness, etc.
2 Acts as a stress buster
Sharing a good laugh with your friends is perhaps the best mood one can enjoy. Do you know that friends are the greatest stress busters? When we suffer the feelings of loneliness, the stress hormone cortisol is released. The release of cortisol increases blood pressure and also triggers hormonal imbalances. A good laugh with your friends, tackles the root cause of stress.
3. Helps follow healthy lifestyle
Friends are a big source of motivation. Whether you have to hit the gym or follow your dreams, friends are always there to motivate you. If you follow a fitness routine with your best buddy, you will be more dedicated and consistent. At the same time, it will give you awesome results. Good friends will also keep you away from addictions such as excessive drinking and smoking.
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4. Helps recover from illness
According to a Harvard study, if you are surrounded by your friends and meet them regularly, it helps in faster recovery from severe illnesses. This study was conducted on patients with breast cancer. The research revealed that, patients with no friends were 4 times more likely to die from the disease, than patients with a strong friendship network.
5. Increases lifespan
Yes it is true. The Australian Longitudinal study of Aging conducted a research which showed that healthy friendships increases longevity, more than having close relationships with children and family. This study was conducted on 1,500 seniors for a span of 10 years.A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails - Donna Roberts Click To Tweet
6. Delays aging
Now, this is one benefit which we all would love the most. According to a study conducted by the University of Brandeis, a healthy and fruitful friendship, along with proper exercise could help in delaying the aging process.
7. Enhances happiness
Well, friends have a great impact on the happiness index. According to a study, our happiness multiplies when we are in a social network, like friends and family.
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8. Boosts intelligence
Catching up with friends and having a healthy discussion on intellectual things can help improve general intelligence.
9. Helps tackle insomnia
For all those who have trouble sleeping, good friends can help you rescue. A healthy friendship, leads to good emotional health, less stress and never make you feel lonely. This in turn affects the quality of your sleep.
Now you know the many health benefits of having friends. Make sure you have good real friends! Appreciate them!
Thank them for their beautiful gift of friendship, in your life!