Why good friends are good for your health
Tuesday, 25 August · 2 min read

Friends are important for your health and wellbeing, particularly in times like these.

Many adults find it hard to keep up with friendships as they get older as other priorities get in the way, such as work or family life. But it's worth taking the time to nurture them, or develop new ones, because good friends can:

  • prevent loneliness
  • make you feel accepted and improve your sense of belonging
  • boost your happiness and confidence
  • reduce stress and help you cope during bad times
  • support good lifestyle habits like eating well and staying in shape

Studies also show that a good social life can help you live longer. People who have healthy relationships with family and friends are thought to have fewer health problems and are less likely to have mental health conditions, like depression.

You may not be meeting up with friends that often at the moment, but make the effort to look after those relationships.

Stay in touch with your closest friends by phone or video calls when you can. You may prefer short but regular chats or longer calls once a week.

If you do meet up make sure it's in a setting that limits your risk from coronavirus, such as an outdoor space or one with good social distancing measures in place.

If you've lost touch with friends or moved to a new area, it may help to:

  • join a local community group
  • reach out to old friends you've lost touch with
  • go for a walk and chat with neighbours
Quote of the day

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."

C.S. Lewis, writer

How to maintain good friendships