What About Your Friends?!
Does that title not take you back to the 90’s listening to TLC on your BOOMBOX? Good song, good times! And while that song is awesome and should be played again, that’s not the meaning of this post…What I’m trying to discuss on this post is NOT to forget about your friends… Go out and have some fun with them, it’s important that you DO!
Day in and day out you bust your butt working, being with the family, or on the couch having one on one with the TV (you’re such a good listener when the TV is telling you this and that! HA!) In the meantime your friends are living their lives, quite similar to your lifestyle and soon enough you’re missing out on some dang good times. Your life is becoming mundane!
(Umm… this picture is awesome!)
What To Do?!
Well you can’t keep this up, you’ll lose out on making amazing memories, you’ll fade out of your friends group, you’ll become (big gulp) a stranger to the people you care about. So what can we do about this? it’s simple really… call up those people who make you laugh hysterically, who also call you on your BS (you need that you know!) Those friends that most definitely get you out of your comfort zone to experience new things and open up more opportunities that might not have happened, all because they’re crazy cool.
I know life gets busy, BELIEVE me (single MA here of two energetic bouncy-ball kids) but we HAVE to find that time to see our friends otherwise depression can set in, which isn’t good for anyone!
The Facts Of Life! (with friendship)
Friendships are important and have an effect on our health, whether you believe or not! The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy by Dean Ornish says that personal intimacy directly affects our bodies, leading to a stronger immune system, better functioning of the cardiovascular and longer life expectancies. Many studies show that friendship helps foster good health, longevity and alleviates stress. Stress is the major cause of many health problems and having friends around reduces the stress and thus creates a more rapid recovery. Lets say when someone is faced with a major illness they heal quicker with a great social network and are in a better position to survive. I can attest to that! Not only my family, but my friends being there for me during my recovery phase was a blessing and I know they helped me recover at a fast rate to the point Doctors were calling me a miracle (if you don’t know, I have Wilson’s Disease which is a rare genetic liver disease!)
Remember: Love conquers ALL! (and to create love one must give his/her time… you know, BE THERE!)
Stats Of Friendship
- Harvard Medical School Nurses’ Health Study found that, a woman who has friends is less likely to develop physical impairments as she grows old and is more likely to live a joyful life.
- Not having friends is as detrimental to your health as being overweight or smoking.
- In a lifetime, one makes 396 friendships but only one in 12, (33) stands the test of time.
- Out of the 33, only 6 are considered to be close friends while the 27 are social friends.
- Bill Hanawalt, a pastor at the Vineyard Christian Church of Evaston says that, “Marriage without friendship cannot work in our culture. …Couples that don’t give attention to developing their friendship often come apart.”
Ahh, you see people! it is vital to keep your friendships strong and the only way to do that is to communicate and see each other here and there to catch up and to make the ordinary, routine, auto-pilot life different… Shake things up! Get out there and get into a little bit of trouble (not a lot of trouble though!) ~wink~
Take care readers!
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photo 4 by: beauty-en-gezondheid.nl