Friendship is a privilege that shouldn’t be underestimated. Simply put,good friends are good for you.
Social interactions trigger all those feel-good vibes in your brain’s endorphin system.
There’s actual science behind this!
If you have enjoyable friendships and an active social life, you’re less likely to develop serious illnesses later in life and more likely to live long. Friendships may even be more effective atextending your life spanthan exercise!
The crucial point here is thenatureof those relationships, and how they make you feel loved, cared for, and listened to.
Here’s what science says:
- Friendships can be astronger painkillerthan morphine and fulfilling relationships increase your pain tolerance (Johnson and Dunbar, 2016)
- Friendships helpkeep your mind sharpand reduce your risk of dementia (Holwerda et al., 2014)
- Having friends can help youbetter cope with stressand reduce your cortisol (stress hormone) levels…
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