Why Making New Friends is Critical to Your Life Longevity & Health
We all know that friendship is a good thing. But did you know that New Friends have a huge impact on your happiness, health, quality of life and longevity? Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness and isolation, strengthen your health and prevent dementia. Despite their importance, close friendships don’t just happen. Many of us struggle to meet new friends and develop quality connections. Even when we’re willing to put in the time and effort, we don’t always know how to go about it. But whatever your age or circumstances, it’s never too late to make new friends.
Why New Friends Are Important
Our society tends to place an emphasis on romantic relationships. We think that if we can just find that right person, we’ll be happy and fulfilled. But new research shows that face-to-face friends are more important to psychological well-being than even our love and family relationships. Face-to-face friends bring more happiness into our lives than virtually anything else. Not only that, our face-to face friendships (or lack thereof) have a powerful impact on our physical and mental health. The research on how much face-to face friends are important to your life is getting scary. Studies show that a lack of social connection can be as damaging as smoking, drinking too much, or leading a sedentary lifestyle. The quality of our friendships is even tied to health and longevity.
Why Online Friends Aren’t Enough
Technology has shifted the definition of friendship in recent years. With the click of a button, we can add a friend or make a new connection. But having hundreds of online friends is not the same as having a face-to-face friend. Our most important and powerful connections happen when we’re face-to-face. So make it a priority to stay in touch in the Real World, not just On-line. You’ll get a lot more out of an in-person conversation than you will over text or social media comments. Fact, New Friendships and Face-to-Face Relationships, improves mental stability and confidence, delays aging, enhances health and promotes longevity.
The Benefits of New Friends and Face-to-Face Friendship
In the quest for better health, happiness and longevity, many people turn to doctors, prescriptions, cosmetic surgery, exercise, self-help books, diets, herbal supplements or magical potions. But they overlook an Extremely Powerful Weapon that could help them fight illness, depression, dementia, obesity, pain, premature ageing, boost their sense of self-worth and happiness, and help prolong life: Their New Friends.
Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of New Friendships and Social Networks in overall health and longevity.
According to an Australian study. Conducted by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 18,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 72%..
Close relationships and relatives, in contrast, had almost no effect on health or longevity. Lynne C. Giles, one of the four researchers who conducted the study, emphasized that family ties are important; they just seem to have little or no effect on health and survival.
Other studies have shown that people with fewer friends tend to die sooner after having a heart attack or stroke than people with a large and strong social network.
“People with a social network have fewer cardiovascular problems and immune problems, and lower levels of cortisol — a stress hormone,” says Tasha R. Howe, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Humboldt State University. “Why? The evolutionary argument maintains that humans are social animals, and we have evolved to be in groups. We have always needed others for our survival. It’s in our genes. Therefore, people with vast social connections feel more confident, relaxed and at peace, which is related to better health, happiness and longevity.”
Speed Up Your Career, and Get Access to Important People
Healthy face-to-face friendships play one of the biggest roles in your overall success and well-being. Surrounding yourself with positive and driven people can be beneficial to all areas of your life. New friendships provide you with the support, feedback and life skills that are needed to achieve your goals and dreams. .
The skill of building new friendships is one of the most important ones you can learn. Just think about it… have you ever seen a spectacularly successful person that did it all on their own, without the help of dozens or hundreds of people along the way?
New friendships seems irrelevant and “Not Urgent” at the surface, but most of the time, it is THE ELEMENT that is missing from our lives that would take us to the next level. That’s why we need to learn how to get from a place where we don’t have the friends we want, or maybe have friends that drain our energy, to a place where we hang out with people that inspire us and challenge us to live a better, more exciting life. If you want to start learning about face-to-face friendship, networking and self-confidence, we invite you to join the MAK7Club Personal and Professional Development Seminars & Workshops, and you will learn all the important steps for getting there: from overcoming shyness or hesitation, to having interesting conversations, keeping in touch, making new friends, and building your personal and professional social circle.
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