Why Your Friends Are Good for You June 08 2014

How many times have we forgotten our friends when exciting things happen in our life, we are immersed in work or a new love begins?  Probably - a lot.  Friends are all too easily forgotten.  Yet friends are not only useful in times of need, enable shared experiences and act as a great confidante, but they are also good for your health.  Studies have shown that having good friends:

  • reduces your chances of getting chronic disease
  • can be just as effective as antidepressants in getting over depression
  • decreases your risk of death 
  • protects against suffering stress

We have days for other members of our family and anniversaries for marriages but Best Friends Day is hardly recognised in spite of these important benefits. Sometimes it’s our friends who stick with us through good and bad without having any obligation to do so when family members are less forthcoming. The UN have recently recognised an International Day of Friendship at the end of July/beginning of August to celebrate the bonds we form with one another.  

On average we have just under 400 friends in a lifetime however how many of them are truly best friends?  These are the ones who are not necessarily your friend for the longest but the ones who ‘never left your side’ when it mattered.  Best Friends Day is a wonderful way to be reminded of some of the most important people in our life.  Some countries have colourful celebrations whereas in others it passes unacknowledged.  

At Honeymellow, we have signs to remind you about your important friendships every day of the year.  See them on Etsy and our own website:  http://etsy.me/1lfNHec  or http://bit.ly/1kODB5n   We have also put together a friendship inspired Pinterest board at: http://bit.ly/1p9b3oW   Remember don't take your friends for granted: a best friend is for life not for just to be remembered on one day of the year.