Are you someone who has lots of friends, are you someone who has only a few close friends, or are you somewhere in-between?
Friendships are important to our well being. They provide companionship, someone to talk to and confide in, and someone to spend time with and keep things from getting too boring. But how important are those friendships really to us?
Here are a few interesting facts about those friendships that we hold so close.
Interesting Facts About Friendship
1. Several studies have shown that, at least between chimpanzees, baboons, horses, hyenas, elephants, bats and dolphins, animals can form friendships for life with individuals that aren’t from their species.
2. When faced with major illnesses, those individuals with a great social network are in a better position to survive. The loving support of friends helps them through the healing process.
3. “With a Little Help From My Friends” (Beatles) was released in year 1967 on celebration of 10th International Friendship Day.
4. A 2004 study published in the American Sociological Review revealed that the average number of trusted friends fell by a third in the past 20 years and the proportion of people with no confidants had doubled.
5. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a key human characteristic, but with friends we take it to the next level. A group at the University of Virginia studied brain scans from 22 different people who were under threat of receiving small electrical shocks to either themselves, a friend, or a stranger. Scientists discovered that the brain activity of a person in danger, versus that when a friend is, is essentially the same.
6. Companionship also said to help reduce stress effects on the body; it protects one from illnesses and hastens the healing process when sick. It makes people less susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases and heart disease.
7. In a lifetime, you go through approximately good 396 friends but only around 1 in 12 friendships last.
8. A 10-year study by the Centre for Ageing at Flinders University found that a network of friends was more important than close family relatives in prolonging life. People aged over 70 with an extensive network tended to live 22 per cent longer than those with less extensive networks.
9. Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has studied the effect that love has on friendship and the results are clear: when a new person enters into your life, he or she displaces two others in your close circle, usually a family member or a friend.
10. Not having close confidants or friends can be as detrimental to your health as being overweight or smoking.
11. Knowing what irritates a friend can make your relationship more stable and less frustrating. Scientists call this the “if-then” profile. They consider knowing friends’ reactions when faced with different situations just as important as knowing their tastes.
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