Health, Happiness and Good Friends

The older I get, the more sure I am that our friendships are an important part of life. They can be powerful and influential relationships. Unlike family, we choose our friends. Because we get to choose our friends, friendships become a mirror reflecting back how healthy, happy and empowered we are living our lives. 

Children have “playmates,” women usually refer to close friends as “girlfriends” while men call friends “pals” or “buddies.”  We learn early in life that if our little friend takes all the toys, hits or yells, we don’t want to play anymore. 

True friendships are perceived as encouraging, empowering and usually an extension of our own personality. The key to a good friendship is that we usually choose “like-minded” friends. 

A good friend is someone you know, like and trust. For woman, friends are often confidants – someone to whom you tell your problems, secrets and dearest hopes and dreams. Friends become a supportive community that band together to encourage and sustain those hopes and dreams. A true friend also knows when to give you that gentle, or not so gentle, kick in the “motivation” when it’s necessary. 

Here are some synonyms for friendship: Harmony, accord, understanding and rapport. What’s your definition of friendship? 

Why am I going on and on about friendship? In my opinion, when we are without truly supportive friends, we are without a real-world support network that can keep us feeling grounded, happier and healthier. 

Psychotherapist Charles Farrell believes, “A good friend is someone that lets us be ourselves and hopefully encourages us to the best part of ourselves. I think they are a mirror of our values, sorrows and fun. And I’d like to emphasize, we all need our coffee friends to talk with, but we have to have fun with them too.  Without question they offer an opportunity for us to know ourselves.”

A study done a few years back in Australia showed that we live longer when we have a strong network of friends. Another states that women with close relationships are less likely to suffer from heart disease. 

Take a good look at your current friendships. Are your friends empowering, encouraging and honest with you? Do you feel better about yourself and your goals after you’ve spent time with friends? Are your friends supportive of your personal and professional growth? 

An empowering friendship is a win-win for everyone. True friendships allow you to be yourself – the “real” you that you share with those people you trust. An empowering friendship allows you to communicate your thoughts and feeling without fear of being judged or criticized. An empowering friendship is a gift to be treasured.

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