It's Gemini Season, which reminds me of why I love my friends so much. Considering that majority of my friends, boyfriend, and I are Gemini's; June is a month of celebration, love, and appreciation. I guess you can call it "Friend Appreciation Month"! Even if you are not celebrating your birthday this month, I am sure that you have a friend, family member, or loved-one that you can care good vibes with this month.
With social media in its prime it is so easy to get caught up on how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Instagram. However, I find that true friendship lies in deep connection, meaningful conversation, and unstoppable belly laughs. Which got me thinking, how to friends influence our lives? After some research and thought, I found that true friendships are great for your health and wellbeing.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Friends may extend your life
Many studies have proved that people generally live longer, happier, and healthier lives with the support from a strong network of friends and family.
2. Quality friendships protect your heart
In 2009 the Journal of the National Medical Association reported that friendships help to reduce stress, a common contributor to heart disease.
3. Friends keep your mind sharp
A study in 2012 found that the risk of dementia in older people increased with a feeling of loneliness. True friends are honest and share their opinions, which keeps you on your feet.
4. They influence us
For better or for worse friends influence us to eat healthy and go to the gym or go out for a late night binge and watch movie marathons all day. It's a balance.
5. BFFs are there through thick and thin
Going through rough times and transitions in life can test friendships. The ones who are there for you are the ones worth keeping close to your heart.
Hi, I'm Lauren and I am here to support people to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in their lives and community. Writing is one way I like to explore that for myself. Here is my archive of reflections.