Many clients come to me at the most challenging times of their lives. What is so touching, is that those who come to my office and relate their stories often have a friend to credit for keeping them stable throughout the challenges that their divorce has caused them.
Perhaps this is why a recent study from Northwestern University caught my attention. The study investigated 50 elderly participants, some who were cognitively average, and others who were identified as having impressive mental abilities. The findings indicated that those with impressive memory and cognitive ability also reported having satisfying, warm, trusting relationships. The research lined up with the results of previous studies, which have shown that having deep and meaningful friendships is good for your health. A researcher named Chopik, found that friendships, were even more impactful than family relationships. Friends are more likely to influence diet, exercise routines, and they are more likely to be “Safe Zones” for you when you need to discuss a life changing event before breaking the news to your family.
So hold on to your friends. Hopefully they will be there for you when you need them most. And this, it turns out, is very good for BOTH of your health.
For a link to a discussion about the study, go to: http://www.delish.com/food/a57285/best-friends-health-benefits/