Solid friendships can help you shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking, and even survive a major illness.
They can also improve memory and problem-solving abilities, break down prejudices and ethnic rivalries, motivate people to achieve career dreams, and even repair a broken heart. Evolutionary psychologists theorize that friendship has roots in our early dependence on others for survival. Having a friend help you hunt, for instance, made it more likely that you and your family—and your hunting buddy and his family—would have food cooking over the fire. Anthropologists have found compelling evidence of friendship throughout history and across cultures.
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Friends are also important for parents and those who are married or living with a romantic partner. Time with friends is actually our most pleasant time: We are most likely to experience positive feelings and least likely to experience negative ones when we are with friends compared to when we are with a spouse, child, coworker, relative, or anyone else.
Friends or Families? Why do we prefer spending time with our friends over our families? Insofar as we choose our spouses and decide to have children, we do have some say over our families.
More likely, our time with our pals is more enjoyable because of our expectations. We tend to demand less from friends than we do from relatives or our romantic partners, and each friend provides us distinct benefits. When working parents devote every scrap of free time to their children, their friendships are the first thing to slide. Leaning on friends for intellectual stimulation, emotional support, and even just fun activities relieves the pressure of the overheated nuclear family. Busy moms and dads would do well to stop considering friends to be a nonessential luxury.
The more friends want and enjoy our company, the more we tend to enjoy theirs, whereas lovers sometimes become more desirable the more they pull away from us. If you can count at least three dear friends at the office, you are 96 percent more likely to be extremely satisfied with life in general.
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In this revelatory, entertaining and touching book, Carlin Flora argues that friends are the new 'nurture'. Tracing the hidden ways in which friendships mould and structure our characters and life chances from infancy to old age, she draws on the latest behavioral science and provides fascinating anecdotes and accounts of famous friendships from those of Picasso and Matisse to the band U2 to show us how to make friends, how to stay friends and, crucially, how to be good friends. In doing so, she says, we will not only grow as human beings, but will live longer, happier lives.
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