Why Friends Are So Important For Our Happiness

Happiness is a lifelong pursuit. A crucial ingredient in lifelong happiness is a connection to others and deep, lasting friendships. Friends are a gift to be treasured, and their role in our lives include the ability to bring us happiness and joy. Here is how your friends and your happiness are related.

More Sociable People Are Rated as Happier

It has been studied and shown that individuals who are more sociable are also happier people. As we age, it gets more difficult to find friends and meet people on a regular basis than when we were children. Those who seek out friendships and rate this as important, also rate themselves as being happier.

Individuals who isolate themselves fall more easily into depression and stress. Introverts need friends just as much as extroverts do, and friends can help take the edge off of loneliness and sadness. Even if you are not a natural extrovert, make a point of building friendships in order to contribute towards your mental health and happiness.

Strong Friendships Are Known to Lessen Depression and Stress

People who rely on others to lift themselves up tend to be less stressed and depressed. Having a close friend you can talk to about your problems can serve as an important aid in releasing negative feelings. Confiding in a friend tends to reverse feelings of loneliness, and most friends offer words of comfort which affects you in a positive way, knowing that someone cares.

Being the one your friend asks for encouragement has positive benefits too, as it enforces the belief that you are needed and important. Having a happy friend heightens a person’s happiness, yet having a sad friend doesn’t affect you in equal proportions. This means that the benefits of friendship always outweigh the drawbacks.

Everyone collectively gains benefits through friendship, no matter whether you or your friend start out happy or not.

Positive Friends Affect Those around Them

Happiness is contagious. When you are around someone who is positive, life feels better. It doesn’t matter how stressed you might feel when you are alone; getting together with a good friend is therapeutic.

Make a choice to spend the majority of your time with people who are committed to a positive outlook on life. Encourage friends who need encouragement, but spend most of your time with those who are uplifting to your emotions. You will find yourself feeling more and more that way as time goes on.

Be the positive friend who encourages others as well. As the positive energy rubs off on you, so it should then rub off on those around you. Make a choice to encourage your friends, and to leave them feeling better than before they saw you.

Your Friends Adjust to Your Needs

Close friends have been shown to be flexible in their support of us. This means that if you are trying to lose five pounds for fun and you are being tempted by a craving, a good friend will likely indulge with you.

On the other hand, if your health depends on losing the weight, a good friend is more likely to hold you accountable and help you stick to your decision. Good friends help you say no when it matters and help you say yes when you simply need to de-stress.

Friendships are important in regards to happiness. When you are a good friend who also chooses good friends, the benefits multiply. Choose friendship, and enrich your happiness in a great way.

10 Comments

  1. June 11, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    Aaah this post just highlighted why I miss my friends so much in the current climate. I cannot wait to see everyone properly and spending some time together.

  2. Jennifer
    June 11, 2020 / 7:00 pm

    I agree that friendship is important and valuable but it is easy to become friends with the wrong people and have your life negatively impacted by them

  3. June 12, 2020 / 8:29 pm

    I’m lucky to have a good group of friends who have helped to keep me sane and strong through lockdown. We may not have been physically together but we’ve been in touch a lot

  4. June 12, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    I’m a complete introvert so must be one of the few who has enjoyed staying at home with less social engagements!

  5. June 13, 2020 / 5:09 am

    Being in lockdown has reinforced just how important friends are – I would definitely have found it more difficult without being in contact with my friends!

  6. Jenni
    June 13, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    Lockdown has kind of highlighted that I am such an introvert as day to day my life hasn’t change that much and I can’t say I feel like I have missed seeing people. But I have seen that it has taken a huge toll on the extroverts I know.

  7. Melanie williams
    June 13, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    I could not agree with you more. Now I am older I have less friends, but the quality of the friends that I do have is brilliant…so much better than lots of fake friend for sure x

  8. Jess Howliston
    June 14, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    This is such a lovely post and your right, having a good network or friends or small group of close friends is so important. I’m not sure where I would be without a couple of my close mum friends who got me through some very tough days just by being there to listen when I needed it the most!

  9. June 15, 2020 / 11:11 am

    I have to admit that I only have a few close friends and due to work commitments we rarely get to see each other, however, when we do its like we has never been apart

  10. June 16, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    I agree that friendships really help with health and well-being. Being social definitely boosts your mood too

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