Friendships are such a positive element of life that as we manage a new way of working and experiencing socialization, maintaining friendships should be top of mind. A close-knit group of friends can literally make you feel better. Meaning they can improve your mood, and they can improve your health. The mental health benefits of friendships are pretty widely known, but there are important physical health benefits as well. Read on to learn more about how something as simple friendships can help enrich your life.
Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Having a close circle of dependable friends can help decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, even when connecting with those friends virtually or infrequently. Having a support network outside of coworkers and family members helps make the hard times easier when the going gets tough. Friendships help reduce your risk of depression and anxiety.
Good friendships can lower your blood pressure. They decrease your risk of serious health problems such as diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. 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).” They also report that adults who have close social connections live longer than their isolated peers.
More Doesn’t Mean Better
Since friendships are so good for your health, does that mean the more friends you have, the happier and healthier you’ll be? Not really. As you might suspect, the quality of those friends does matter more than the quantity. In fact, science has proven that our brains can only handle maintaining real, genuine friendships with a limited number of people. That means that even if you have hundreds of friends according to Facebook, you probably are only able to really keep in touch with about 150 of them in any meaningful capacity at any given time.
Still seem like a lot? That’s because it is. So long as you have even just a few close friends who you can count on, you can experience the positive benefits of friendship in your life. These three to five that you consider your closest people make up your inner circle. These are the people who matter most when it comes to improving your health and overall well-being.
Making New and Lasting Friendships
One of the biggest challenges during social distancing has been keeping and making great friendships. With less opportunities to meet new people, finding new friends can seem like an impossible ask. Large parties and public events are few and far between, but the ways in which we connect with each other have changed, not disappeared. Reach out and say hi when you remember to. Show an old friend that you’re thinking about them even if it’s been a while. Take the time and invest in your existing friendships to show them that they are meaningful to you.
Try joining community groups or online groups of people who share an interest with you. Volunteer and participate in those activities which you are passionate about. These common interests, even if partaken in remotely, present the opportunity to bond and build a connection with people who you wouldn’t otherwise meet. The trick is to say yes to trying new things more often. If you set goals to connect more with people, you can see the growth of your social network in ways that might surprise you.
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