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Friendship is good for your health

How Friendship Helps your Health

Nathalie Rivard

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There’s nothing more precious than friendship.

Friends are good for our well-being and for our health. According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, the benefits of friendship on our mental, physical and emotional health are numerous. It:

  • Increases our sense of belonging and helps our quality of life
  • Makes us happier
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves our self-esteem
  • Decreases the risk of physical and mental health problems
  • Helps us through traumatic periods of our lives like divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
  • Encourages us to change our unhealthy habits such as alcohol abuse or lack of exercise
  • Gives us someone to share good times with, like the arrival of a new baby, a new job or a new home.

According to a study of 1,500 people over 70 years old, conducted over 10 years by the University of Flinder in Australia, those who cultivated friendships were 22 percent less likely to die over the 10-year period compared with those who interacted less socially. The study also suggests that friends encourage us to take better care of our health and help to reduce depression and anxiety during difficult times in our lives.

While friendship can’t be bought over the counter in a pharmacy, we recommend that you cultivate friendships and take a healthy dose regularly! It’s good for your well-being but also for your health!

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