Good Friends - The Secret to Good Health
Building meaningful relationships is arguably one of the most important keys to happiness in life. Friends can help you enjoy the good times, and support you during the bad times. There is even evidence that friendship can add years to your life.
Large-scale studies on friendship and health, involving a total of over 300,000 people, found that people who had stronger friendship networks have a 50% increased likelihood of living longer, compared to those with poorer social relationships. What’s more, the life-extending benefits of strong friendships can help everyone, regardless of age or health.
The facts are clear – friendship is the secret to a long life. We should always be open to making new friends and never take our friends for granted.
Here are some simple tips for keeping friendships strong:
- appreciate your friends - give them time and attention and show your gratitude for their friendship
- be a good listener - take a genuine interest in their lives
- be forgiving and compassionate – when friends make mistakes
- be trustworthy - don't abuse a friend’s trust