Friendship And Mental Health

Did you know that research has shown that good friends can benefit your mind and body?

This also includes family members playing the role of your best friend.

Well I’m here to tell you that evidence shows that great friendships can have a positive effect on your overall health.

  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Lowers your stress
  • Improves self- confidence
  • Improves overall health
  • Improves happiness
  1. Immune system: research has shown that good friends can lead to quicker healing and reduction in illnesses.
  2. Lowers stress levels: Having a good friend to talk to and spend quality time with is like having a good therapy session. Therefore leading to Reduction in the production of stress hormones.
  3. Improving self- confidence: this comes from all the positive compliments and uplifting spirits you give each other throughout the ups and downs of your life events.
  4. Improving your overall health: having good friendships promote healthy habits, conversations, outings, activities, gatherings, etc which can all have a way to aid in your overall health.
  5. Improving happiness: By increasing your sense of purpose and sharing some good laughs.

Research has shown that adults with a stronger social support have reduced health risks and live a longer life.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI).”

I always say this and will always stand by it: Quality counts more than Quantity. As much as it might be nice to be surrounded by many people, the quality of friendships can benefit you a lot more.

FACT :

” In a 2015 analysis that compiled data on more than 3.4 million people across 70 studies, she and colleagues found that the absence of social connections carried the same health risk as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness led to worse outcomes than obesity. And the findings held true for people of all ages.”

Here are ways to meet new people:

  • Attend community events around your neighborhood
  • Volunteer at places you enjoy as your hobby
  • Be accepting of invitations
  • Join your local gym
  • Take walks
  • Depending on your faith join a local community
  • Stay positive
  • Host events

How to nurture your friendships:

  • Open up to your friends
  • Be honest
  • Stay in the loop of each others life
  • Be kind
  • Celebrate your friends
  • Make yourself available
  • Check in
  • Be dependable
  • Be trust worthy

“ You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life you may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you”

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