Psychology

The Science Of Friendship

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

Yeah…what friendship? Ahhh….ah…How can I give the definition of the friendship? It’s a challenging task. Isn’t it? Yes, friendship is the most unique relationship. “It exists within the socio-emotional realm marked by interdependence and the voluntary nature of interactions,” according to post was written by Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. which was published in Psychology Today.

Friendship can be exist when pleasure is taken in the company of another rather than a preference. Its construct implies reciprocity. However, most researchers believed that genuine friendship will prosper only if mutual respect exists between friends.

Choosing friends who we believe to be similar to ourselves and who have personalities that we enjoy being around are most likely to decreases the possibility for interpersonal conflict.

Friends really matter in our life, they not only increase our sense of wellbeing and connection but also improve our overall health.  

A study in Brigham Young and the University of North Carolina found that friendship increased 50% likelihood of survival.   

When we make a positive social connection, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into our bloodstream, immediately reducing anxiety and improving concentration and focus. Each social connection also bolsters our cardiovascular and immune systems, so the more connections we make over time, the better we function.

Studies show that friendships help us keep our brains sharp, our bodies in shape, and help improve our sleep. They also serve to counteract daily stress, anxiety, risks of heart disease and depressive symptoms. Close friends also help us combat addiction, reinforce our immune systems, and even they help us live longer.

The subjective feeling of loneliness increases the risk of death by 26%, according to a study in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Coupling this feeling with living alone, and the risk of mortality increases by 32%.

“The men who are or were socially isolated: were less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner, and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely.” Robert Waldinger, the current director of the study: “The Harvard Study of Adult Development”.

Further Study: Psychology Today — Friendology: The Science of Friendship | The Science Of Friendship |Science of Friendship

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