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Why Friendships Are So Important For Health And Well-Being

Friendships offer so much more than just having a good time. Discover ways your friends booster your health. Maintaining positive relationships should rank up there with healthy eating and exercise as a necessary investment in your health. Not only is spending time with friends fun but it also yields a multitude of long-term physical and emotional health benefits.

1. Friendships Promote a Sense of Belonging

No matter what unites you with your group of friends, simply feeling included like you belong to a particular group is beneficial. The benefits of close relationships, and marriage. A sense of belonging fulfills an important emotional health need and helps decreases feelings of depression and hopelessness.

2. Friends Can Help Boost Self-Esteem

Friends can improve your self-confidence and self-worth. A good friend is your cheerleader. You want to have friends to share in your success who are happy for you. According to a study belonging to a social group goes hand in hand with increased self-esteem because people take pride in these relationships and derive meaning from them.

3. Strong Social Connections Help Offset Stressors in Your Life.

Friendships go a long way in helping us buffer stress. As we go through difficult periods of life, friends can help. Unloading the details of a bad day onto a friend can relieve some of your own stress. Physical touch can make a difference, too. A study found that receiving a hug relieved negative emotions like stress. “Positive and welcome physical touch is great for connection and health. The pandemic has made that tricky, of course. Skin hunger, or touch starvation, is a real thing, which makes boosting emotional closeness especially important during the pandemic.

4. Friendships May Help Protect Cognitive Health

Rearch involving elderly women found that having a large social network offers a protective effect over cognition and reduces the risk of dementia, though more research is needed to say why that is. Also another study found that having someone to have good conversations with may part of what’s protecting brain health. The data showed that in a group of adults who had participated in the Heart Study, those who reported having someone in their lives they could count on as a good listener were more likely to have higher levels of cognitive resilience, a measure of brain health known to be protective against brain aging and disease, like dementia.

5. Friends Help Us Cope With Grief of All Kinds

Think about the last time you faced a challenging situation, such as a death in the family or loss of something else important to you like a job, a phone, a pet, or a relationship. Having friends you could lean on likely helped you pull through. People who are lonely have more difficulty bouncing back from life’s challenges.A small study found that mothers who experienced a stillbirth relied on social support to escape loneliness. Having people in our lives and social support is probably the No. 1 thing helping people get through traumatic times.

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