There are so many things that contribute to our overall health and wellness, many of which we don’t usually associate with this…friendship. Having friendships improves our health and is an important piece of our well-being. It can be a couple or a big group that keeps you connected socially.
Having Friendships Improves Our Health
Yes, having close relationships with other human beings improves our general health. From the Mayo Clinic, having friendships improves our health by:
* Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
* Boost your happiness
* Reduce stress
* Improve your self-worth
* Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
* Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits
It sounds so easy, right? Just have friends. Well, in reality, our busy lives, our jobs, our obligations, they all seems to come first. It takes work to find good friends, then build and maintain those relationships. It doesn’t matter the number. Some people love having a big group of friends, others prefer a few very close friends. Either is great. It is whatever works for you and makes you happy. If you are looking to make new friends, try joining a club or organization in your community, going on neighborhood walks, or joining the gym. If you are looking to improve your current relationships, give a long-lost friend a call, make a lunch date, or send a note ‘just because’. You will reap the rewards of the effort you put in.
Happy friendships to you all! How have you found friendship to improve your health? I would love to hear below!
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