Best friends, whether near or far, new or old, who celebrate good times and provide support during bad times, are good for your health. June 8 is National Best Friends Day and it is a time to reflect on the way strong social connections can play a significant role in promoting overall health. Meaningful, nurturing and lasting friendships add more than just fun. They also bestow:
- Emotional support. Provides a trusted person to talk with about important matters and help to cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, or death of a loved one.
- Companionship. Establishes a sense of belonging and allows honest conversations about feelings.
- Encouragement. Improves self-confidence, motivation and self-worth.
It is sometimes hard to make or maintain friendships as other priorities, such as work, caring for children, or aging parents’ surface. Friends also may grow apart due to changes in interests or life situations, or moving to a new location. Developing and maintaining healthy friendships involves effort, however the enjoyment and comfort friendship can provide makes the investment worthwhile. Letting friends know you care about them and appreciate them can help strengthenyour bond.
"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." Helen Keller