When I wrote the 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Award Winner, Linked Lives, I did so in honor of my best friend. For forty years we kept each other sane through the worst of times and celebrated the best of times. Without her in my life, I don’t think I would have made the choices I did or be the person I am today. So when I discovered one out of three people don’t have a best friend (family members don’t count), I thought about why that is and uncovered some very interesting research!
Did you know that having a true best friend (someone who doesn’t judge you, someone who listens to you, someone who loves you unconditionally) positively affects your health? It’s true! Studies from the Mayo Clinic, psychology professors and other reliable sources all agree, having a best friend improves our health.
Below are the top 5 reasons to have a best friend:
- SELF WORTH: Best friends make us feel like we belong and have a purpose for being
- MORALE BOOSTER: Best friends help us deal with traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss of the death of a loved one
- HAPPINESS: Best friends increase our happiness level, making our life better
- HEALTH: Best friends help reduce our stress which keeps us healthier
- HONESTY: Best friends tell it like it is
So, if you are lucky enough to have a best friend, call (texting or emailing doesn’t count) or jump in the car to visit with him/her, now! If you don’t have a best friend, then be sure to read next week’s blog giving 8 ways to find a friend!