Friendship is one of the most valuable relationships in our life. Each of our friends has certain characteristics that make them special and irreplaceable. Our friends list ranges from our partner in crime to our mother. They fight you, annoy you, but always love you—the imperfect you, the confused you, even the wrong ones. A friend is someone who makes it easy to believe in yourself. That’s why you smile a little more, laugh a little louder and cry a little less.
You would agree that friends make our lives so much better just by being there. But do you know that this statement is scientifically true. A strong connection between two individuals in the form of friendship has many health benefits. Let’s delve a little deeper and find more reasons to love your friends more than ever…
How friendships benefit physical and emotional health
1. Friendship fosters a sense of belonging
Human beings are social animals and a sense of belonging is fundamental to the human race and its existence. Everyone wants to feel important and wanted. Therefore, having deep friendships helps people feel like they are theirs.
Being part of a group of people we don’t belong to helps us live more resilient and compassionate lives. recently study Psychotherapy has found that a sense of belonging helps people feel less depressed and meets an important need for emotional health.
2. Friends increase your self-esteem.
A good friend is your biggest supporter. You should always have supportive friends who want to celebrate your achievement. Your friends help boost your confidence and sense of worth.
They cheer louder than your own achievements and when things get tough they bow out. It has been proved by research that, being a Being part of a social group is associated with higher self-esteem Because members take pride in their relationships and get importance.
3. Friends help you deal with stress
Friends are our support system as we navigate challenging times in life. You can ease your own stress by telling a friend about a difficult day, week, month, or year. Plus, you know they’ll be there for you!
You may face distressing situations like a breakup or divorce, the death of a pet or a loved one, family issues and the list goes on. Having a friend helps you build resilience in the face of adversity, survive, and face the tough times mentioned above.
Even though distance doesn’t matter, we cannot deny that meeting our friends is a different feeling. And the research has been done to prove it. Hugging your loved ones makes you feel better and reduces stress, In addition, warm physical contact also promotes bonding and well-being.
4. They Encourage Healthy Behaviors
Have you ever felt that doing something you don’t like is easier with a friend by your side? Whether it is cleaning your room or joining a gym, having a friend as your partner can motivate and motivate you to accomplish it.
You know your friends will support you when you decide to try something new, maybe after making fun of you! But you know for sure they’ve got your back. Therefore, this support results in a boost to your confidence which improves your chances of accomplishing your objectives by tying you in a positive loop of improvement.
5. They Can Help You Live Longer
With adding life to your days, your friends add days to your life, literally! Friendship gives you hope of a happy life. A positive relationship between you and your friends has a big impact on your health and is less likely to develop any chronic diseases.
a Harvard study found that people who have meaningful relationships with their family, friends and community are happier with fewer health problems. On the other hand, lack of social bonds is associated with sadness and cognitive impairment in later life, as well as higher mortality.
6. Friendship Allows Us to Reflect
Friendships provide us with the opportunity to explore our life’s path outside of our comfort zones, while also giving us a secure emotional space to ourselves.
We know that friendship has many benefits, especially in terms of improving our Physical and mental health, but the most important reason why social connections like friendship are so important is because it helps us figure out who we are and who we want to be. Great companions like friends can shape you into the best version of yourself.
a day for friendship
Just as we don’t realize that we’re making memories while having fun, we never knew our furry friends had so much to add to our time on earth. Many of us have grown up saying that we don’t need a day off to celebrate friendship. But how do we see it the other way around? It is a day when we thank our friends for who they are for us.
It is a day when we acknowledge the beauty of the selfless love shared between us. A day dedicated to remembering all the mischief we did together and we wish each other all the success. The day you take pride in choosing the right person as your friend.
Best wishes for friendship!