Good friends influence ourlives, shaping how we feel, think andact. They know our dreams and fears.
They cheered when we won thatschool race and rallied when we lost ahigh school sweetheart. They toastedour first promotion and flew back forour wedding.
Get by with a little help fromyour friendsYour social circle can add health and happiness to your lifeStrong friendships could add years to our lives by strengthening our emotional and physical health.
Mounting research shows thatstrong social ties have a powerfulinfluence on our health.
In a large American study,
researchers found seniors with strong
social connections were happier
and lived longer than those with
fewer social ties. In fact, the boost in
survival was comparable to quitting
smoking and greater than reducing
other well-known risks to health such
as physical inactivity and obesity.
An Australian study found people
with large networks of good friends
outlived those with the fewest friends
by 22 per cent. And while family ties