Detailed research compromising of 150 studies involving more than 300,000 participants concluded that the quality of our relationship with friends can have a direct impact on our physical and psychological health.
Humans are social by nature and therefore need to maintain a strong bond to society and people. Maintaining close relations is exceedingly crucial in a person’s life. It is linked to healthier aging and a higher life expectancy. In this regard, friendships have a significant effect on a person’s psychological health and welfare.
Research from the University of Michigan also concluded that in comparison to families, friendships have a more remarkable effect on the health and mind of an adult. People who cultivate solid social bonds have a 50% higher incidence of a longer life expectancy than those who lack good social ties.
Another study revealed that the lack of friends poses health risks that are equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarette a day.