6 Reasons Why You Need Friends

6 Reasons Why You Need Friends

Mfonobong Akpan

Remember the saying no man is an island… We all need a friend to call on for any reason, someone you know will be there during your saddest lows and happiest highs, is an invaluable gift in life. But even beyond sheer comfort and happiness, friendship benefits us in some very surprising ways. Below are 6 reasons why we need friends in our lives:

It usually said that no man is an island. We all naturally need someone we can relay on; people who would

1. Comfort
A best friend is someone you don’t have to fill in the blanks with. They already know all the inner details of your life. You can cut to the chase and get right to the meat of any discussion because all the background information has already been stored away.

2. Connectedness
One of our most basic fears is being alone,so whether your best friend is around the corner or in another time zone, just knowing she is there provides comfort. It gives you a sense of being connected and not just free-floating in space. So if you find yourself feeling isolated, whether physically or emotionally, pick up the phone and call your closest pal. Both of you will feel better for it.

3. Unconditional support
Best friends have seen us at our best and worst, and they love us either way. It’s important to have someone in our lives we feel totally at ease with. Someone we can be ourselves with -sweats and all.

4. Self esteem boost

Good friends help us to develop our self-esteem. Having someone in our life who thinks we are important; someone who wants our opinion on things and who values our company, makes us feel wanted, boosting self-esteem.

5. Honest opinions
Best friends will also be totally honest with us. They know you well and are able to tell it like it is. So thank your best friend the next time she looks you in the eye, shakes her head and suggests you rethink a possibly silly decision. She’s got your best interests at heart.

6. Friends can keep you alive longer

Various studies have pointed out the correlation between strong social connections and overall longevity. It doesn’t get more beneficial than that. What are you waiting for? Go get a friend!

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