The F Word

Submitted by ub on Sun, 11/25/2018 - 08:14

No, don’t be silly not the four letter word. Get your mind out of the gutter, grownups used to say and never during the holidays, no way!

We are referring to FRIENDSHIPS. The one thing most humans crave and can’t live without. Friends make us feel fuzzy inside.

As we grow up, we learn how to make friends, how to share with them and how To ignore or deal with bullies when we’re young,

A recent study published in Personal Relationships noted friendships become progressively and increasingly important as we grow older. Friendships can be an even stronger predictor of well-being than familial relationships.

If friendships are so vital, why don’t we talk about what to do when they end? There’s this expectation that friendships should be easy for adults, but that is obviously not true for many people.

Researchers wondered - Is the link between close relationships and health and well‐being static across the lifespan, or are the benefits most evident in older adulthood when concerns about physical health are greater?

In Study 1, a cross‐sectional survey of 271,053 adults, valuing friendships was related to better functioning, particularly among older adults, whereas valuing familial relationships exerted a static influence on health and well‐being across the lifespan.

In Study 2, a longitudinal study of 7,481 older adults, only strain from friendships predicted more chronic illnesses over a 6‐year period; support from spouses, children, and friends predicted higher subjective well‐being over an 8‐year period.

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