Happiness is a lifelong pursuit. A crucial ingredient in lifelong happiness is the connection to others and deep, lasting friendships. Friends are a gift to be treasured, and their role in our lives includes the ability to bring us happiness and joy. Here is how your friends and your happiness are related.
More Sociable People Are Rated as Happier
It has been studied and shown that more sociable individuals are also happier — those who seek out friendships and rate this as necessary also place themselves more satisfied. As we age, it gets more challenging to find friends and meet people regularly than when we were children.
Individuals who isolate themselves fall more easily into depression and stress. Introverts need friends just as much as extroverts, and friends can help with loneliness and sadness. Even if you are not a natural extrovert, build friendships to contribute towards your mental health and happiness.
Strong Friendships Are Known to Lessen Depression and Stress
People who rely on others to lift themselves tend to be less stressed and depressed. Having a close friend you can talk to about your problems can serve as an essential aid in releasing negative feelings. Confiding in a friend tends to reverse feelings of loneliness, and most friends offer words of comfort which positively affect you, knowing that someone cares.
Having a happy friend heightens a person’s happiness, yet having a sad friend doesn’t affect you in equal proportions. This means that the benefits of friendship always outweigh the drawbacks. Being the one your friend asks for encouragement has positive benefits, too, as it enforces the belief that you are needed and essential.
Everyone collectively gains benefits through friendship, whether you or your friend start happy.
Positive Friends Affect Those Around Them
Happiness is contagious. When you are around someone positive, life feels better. It doesn’t matter how stressed you feel when alone; getting together with a good friend is therapeutic.
Choose to spend most of your time with people committed to a positive outlook on life. Encourage friends who need encouragement, but spend most of your time with those who uplift your emotions. You will feel more and more that way as time goes on.
Be a cheerful friend who encourages others as well. As the positive energy rubs off on you, it should then rub off on those around you. Please choose to promote your friends and leave them feeling better than before they saw you.
Your Friends Adjust to Your Needs
Close friends are flexible in their support of us. If you are trying to lose five pounds for fun and are tempted by a craving, a good friend will likely indulge with you.
On the other hand, if your health depends on losing weight, a good friend is more likely to hold you accountable and help you stick to your decision. Good friends help you say no when it matters and help you say yes when you need to de-stress.
Friendships are meaningful regarding happiness. The benefits multiply when you are a good friend who also chooses good friends. Choose friendship, and enrich your happiness in a significant way.
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