Question 30

Rubber Band: 

Friendship & relation to happiness


Having a strong, supportive social network has been associated with lower levels of stress, increased longevity, and greater levels of happiness. Numerous research studies have shown that supportive friendships can provide emotional help during stressful times and even improve our health and increase longevity. Active friendships increase social networks and feelings of self-worth to an individual. Marriage is one of the friendships explained in the book that brings true authentic happiness. Friendships evoke the best in each other, helping each other come closer in reaching their ideal selves. Friendships don’t just happen; they are made. One prominent psychologist suggests that the magic number is to have three friends or companions you can really count on. The key aspects to friendship are make time, listen, be supportive and loyal, forgiving, appreciative, and have empathy for your friends.