Friendships can enrich your life in many ways. Good friends teach you about yourself and challenge you to become better. They encourage you to persevere through difficult times and celebrate your successes with you.
But friends do more than give you a shoulder to cry on; they also have a positive impact on your health. Some research even suggests that friendships are just as important to your well-being as eating right and exercising.
Friendships are also important to your health.
So how do friendships contribute to your well-being?
It turns out that healthy relationships actually contribute to good physical health. Having a close circle of friends can reduce the risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart attacks and stroke.
Strong social ties can also mitigate feelings of loneliness, which, as we know, can affect longevity. According to a 2010 study, people with strong relationships are half as likely to die prematurely from all causes.
Friends encourage healthy behaviours
One possible explanation for these health benefits is that friendships can help you make lifestyle changes, which can have a direct impact on your well-being. For example, your friends can help you set and maintain goals to eat better and exercise more. They can also look out for you and alert you when unhealthy behaviors (like drinking too much) get out of control.
Also, people are more motivated and more likely to stick to a weight loss or exercise program when they do it with a buddy. It’s much easier to get out and stay active when you have a friend by your side.
That friend can also help you stay active.
That friend may alsosuggest activities you wouldn’t have considered on your own, pushing you out of your comfort zone to challenge your anxiety.
Friends give you emotional support
If you are going through a difficult time, having a friend to help you can make the transition easier.
Research also shows that happiness is contagious among friends. A study of high school students found that people who were depressed were twice as likely to recover if they had happy friends. Similarly, children were half as likely to develop depression if their friends had a “healthy mood.”
Friends help you build confidence
Everyone has doubts and insecurities from time to time. But having supportive friends plays an important role in building your self-esteem, which is the extent to which you value and love yourself.
Supportive friends can help you feel more confident by giving you praise and reassurance when you are unsure of yourself. They will show you how amazing you are and what you have to offer others.
Friends help you fight stress
Tout le monde passe par des événements stressants. Si vous savez que vous pouvez compter sur des personnes sur lesquelles vous pouvez compter, vous serez moins susceptible de percevoir une période difficile comme stressante.
Passer du temps avec des amis peut également contribuer à réduire le stress. Selon l’école de médecine de Harvard, “les liens sociaux aident à réduire les niveaux de stress, qui peuvent nuire aux artères du cœur, à la fonction intestinale, à la régulation de l’insuline et au système immunitaire “.
Les amis peuvent également vous aider à faire face aux situations stressantes. Selon une petite étude, lorsque les enfants passent du temps avec leurs amis dans une situation stressante, ils produisent moins de cortisol, une hormone libérée lorsque le corps est stressé.
Si vous n’avez pas d’amis, vous pouvez vous sentir seul et sans soutien, ce qui vous rend vulnérable à d’autres problèmes tels que la dépression et la toxicomanie.
Friends push you to do your best
Friends can also exert a positive influence. If you befriend people who are generous with their time, helpful to others, ambitious, or family-oriented, you are more likely to develop these values yourself.
Great friends have the power to make you become the best version of yourself. They see you and love you for who you really are. They encourage and push you to do better and become the person you want to be – your “ideal self.”