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Five reasons why good friends are beneficial to your health

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Good friendship brings out the best in you and it can enrich your life in many ways. Good friends teach you to know yourself more and challenge you to be better.
"Some research even says friendships are just as important to your well-being as eating right and exercising," according to PNAS.
Based on the research posted on Behavioral and Brain Sciences, usually an average person has three to five close friends, 10 to 15 people in their circle and about 100 acquaintances in their social media.
Here are the following reasons why having a good friendship has health benefits, according to Science of People and verywellmind:
1. Friends are good for your physical health
Research posted in Journals, showed that having a good close friendship can decrease your risk of health problems like diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
According to a 2010 review, having a strong social circle can lessen feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
A good friend has these following traits such as; kind, compassionate, accepts who you are, values your time, respects your boundaries, supports you during hard times, and more.
2. Friends make you happy
Relationships such as friendship are the number one key indicator of joy and happiness.
Harvard Study of Adult Development showed that people who had the most satisfaction in their friendships at age 50 were the healthiest and happiest at age 80.
Having just a few very close and trusted friends can bring a greater effect on your overall happiness than having many casual acquaintances.
3. Friends help you build your self-esteem
Good friends support and believe in each other. While it is normal to have self-doubts and insecurities, a good friend plays a big role in building your confidence and how you will appreciate and love yourself.
Friends who are very supportive will be honest on what are the areas that you need to improve in order to be a better person. Also, they will praise you and will give you reassurance when you're feeling unsure.
4. Friends make you feel safe
We all need someone whether a family or friend to make us feel that we are secured and safe. "Psychologists have long noted the importance of social connection for human survival and have suggested that humans have a fundamental "need to belong" or to be socially connected to others," according to National Center for Biotechnology Information.
We all need social connection especially if we are in a "fight or flight" situation, our friends counteract the feeling of anxiety and feeling of isolation by creating a sense of safety and belonging that goes back to our primal roots.
5. Friends push you to be the best version of yourself
Since friends help you to have confidence, they also want you to be your best as they provide a positive influence. If you are friends with someone who helps others, family-oriented, or ambitious, there is a big chance that you will develop those values yourself.
Good friends help you to be the best version of yourself as they see you and love you for who you are. They will always support you and your dreams to be the person you want to be – your "ideal self."
Always take note that good friends are vulnerable, consistent, and positive. They lift you up and accept you for who you are. You know you have a good friend if you feel good around them and they care about your well-being. (KBAPI)

Last Modified: 2022-Aug-04 18.34.23 UTC+0800