Having supportive, honest people in your life can make a huge difference in your overall happiness (and theirs). But fostering friendships that go beyond the surface can be a challenge-they take a lot of time and energy, and it can feel awkward at first.
Healthy friendships offer far more than a reliable person to share a beer with. Research shows they can make us healthier, wealthier, happier and overall more successful. Here's how. *** Is friendship important for our survival? At first glance, the answer isn't obvious. Other relationships get more play: romantic partners, parents and kids, families, professional networks.
As the old saying goes, you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. That is, unless you've developed some really close friendship! We need friendships in our lives to supplement our existing romantic, marital or family relationships.