Yes, friendship takes more effort as we become adults with responsibilities, but it is crucial to your physical and mental health to stay connected to your people. Here’s why:
Friends help you live longer: Having a strong social network can keep you living longer and healthier. Conversely, social isolation has been found to be as detrimental to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
Friends make you happy: This is a no-brainer. Having a close-knit group of longtime friends can make you objectively happier over a lifetime. The Okinawan’s call this MOAI, but you can call it whatever you want: your Tribe, Wolfpack, or Dream Team. Just make seeing your friends a priority, and watch your life transform!
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