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From the die we are born until the day we die, we make bonds. Some are stronger and can last for a lifetime and some are weak and can end very shortly. Everybody knows that having friends is important, but in this time when people talk more with their virtual friends on social media than with their actual friends, concerns have been raising that people don’t value the friendships in their lives as they did in the past. In order to remind you the importance of friendship, here are the health benefits a friendship can bring.
First of all, having friends can increase your lifespan. Studies have shown that people who are isolated die earlier than the people who have strong friendships. A study conducted in 2012 revealed that friendship is more influential than exercising on your lifespan. People who have friends and are well integrated in their community are linked to a decreased mortality. The researchers explained that when people isolate themselves and are stressed, the stress can put its toll on their health. When people have friends and experience high levels of stress, they can share it with them and the friends can come up with solutions and decrease the levels of stress.
Having friends can also keep you from developing dementia. Studies have shown that the loneliness for the old people was associated with higher risk of developing dementia. The perceived lack of social bonding is registered by the brain and it can push the cognitive decline.
Sometimes when people enter new relationships, they tend to ignore their friends. The issue is that friends can stay with you forever, while many relationships come and go. Friends can help you when you break up or when the person you like rejects you. A study done in 2011 showed that kids coped better with rejection, when they had friends.
Your friends can be some sort of support group, that go with you through the good and through the bad. In 1989, a study’s finding were published and showed that the women who suffered from breast cancer lived longer than the patients who did not attend a support group’s meetings. In 2014 another study of the kind was done, this time on men who suffered from prostate cancer and the study showed the same benefic effects on the men.
These are only a few of the health benefits a friendship can bring. So the next time you find yourself alone, in front of the TV, pick up your phone, call your friend, go out and make your friendships your priorities. It will be worth it.
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