Friendship is something, which connects people through mutual knowledge, esteem and affection. It revolves around loyalty, empathy, genuine affection for each other and the ability to understand others. Friends are our truest treasures. How many times have they: Made us laugh when we felt like crying over a bad mistake? Made us feel loved when our boyfriends (or girlfriends) broke up with us? Gave us the courage to go back to school or to change careers? Like armor, good friends make us almost invincible; capable of warding off the blow life occasionally deals us. Because of their steadfastness, we see setbacks for what they are temporary.
Because friends accept us for who we are, we gain the confidence to dream great dreams-and to make them real. Friends liven up our days with their twisted humor, their honest answers, and their ability to bear our gloating when we beat them at golf or tennis. We can even trust them with our most embarrassing secrets! What a relief it is for us to reveal our true selves to someone! It`s no wonder, then, that medical researchers have found that those who have friends tend to be happier, healthier, and live longer than those who do not.
People seem to have a natural need for friends and with good reason. Friends increase your enjoyment of life and relieve feelings of loneliness. They even can help reduce stress and improve your health. You choose your friends, not your family - and for many today, the former has become the most important people in their lives. Friendship has been given a special status in our society. It is contrasted with all those relationships over which we have so little control; the families we cannot change, the neighbours who irritate us, the colleagues we have to put up with. Friends are thought of as the joyous, freely chosen part of our lives, and it is assumed that those relationships are always pleasurable.
Having good friends is especially helpful when you are going through any kind of hard time. During such times, good friends and supporters can make all the difference. When you are with good friends you feel good about yourself, and you are glad to be with them. A friend is someone who you like, respect, and trust and who likes, respects and trusts you in return. Most of us feel a certain pride about our friends, we tend to believe that they reflect some important truths about who we are. Yet we can only choose our friends from among the people we meet, in circumstances where making a friendly overture would be appropriate, and who show a reciprocal interest in knowing us.
Friendship is a continuing source of emotional bonding, releasing, and creating in yourself and with the other person. A good friend or supporter may or may not be your age or the same sex as you; come from the same educational, cultural, or religious background; or share interests that are similar to yours. Friendships also have different depths; some are closer to the heart, some more superficial-but they`re all useful and good.
If you find that you have fewer friends then you think is idea, there is a potential source of really great friendships that you might not have considered your family. Brothers, sisters, cousins, even in-laws are all good candidates for strong, satisfying friendships. After all, you already share one important thing in common, you are related, and that can be a powerful bond. Also you already know several important things about your potential new friend. You know your relative`s family background, personality, fears, loves, mood swings, foibles, pet peeves and the like, so there will be very few surprises that will pop up.
A growing body of research confirms that having compassionate friends is beneficial for our psychological and spiritual well being-and for physical health. Thus, one can say that a healthy lifestyle includes eating well, exercising, and having a circle of friends. Those who have no friends or close ties seem to suffer the most from loneliness, social isolation, and feelings of worthlessness. These with such feelings feel great stress, and stress contributes to a variety of health disorders. These disorders include heart attacks, asthma, certain types of cancer, diabetes, herpes, headaches, and even the common cold!
Friends act as buffers between stressful events and us. They also cause us to feel cared for and loved. These feelings in turn cause us to feel worthy of love. This feeling of worthiness helps us to think differently, which positively affects our attitude toward stressful events. True and good friends are really hard to find, so if you have some, do not let them go and try to hang on really tight with them. They would be then Friends for a lifetime. Life will be more enjoyable and the world may seem to be a much better place to live if you have got true friends who love you and respect you. Friendship helps us travel life`s roads with health, high confidence, low stress, dignity, and joy. In other words, friendship is good for the body, soul and us!