Keeping to yourself and not plucking up the courage to utter that one word “hello” could be the reason you are missing out on a business opportunity or a friendship of a lifetime.
What are the benefits of Friendship?
Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate the good times and provide support during the bad times. Friends can also:
- Boost your happiness and reduce stress
- Improve your self-confidence
- Help you cope with traumas, such as, serious illnesses, separations, job losses or the death of a loved one
- Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as substance abuse or lack of exercise
Friends also play a significant role in promoting your overall health. Those with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy lifestyle in general. Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.
Are you missing out on opportunities, knowledge, or inspiration? Some people are just very good listeners and can always be a helping hand in life. Many of the best friendships are formed in your younger years but you can meet highly diverse and interesting people while “networking¨ who may change your outlook about things like work, ambition and even your attitude to life.
Motivation often comes from the people that surround you.