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Added on : 2019-08-04 19:30:35

Friendship's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of August, which happens to be today, on the 4th of August, this year in 2019. A friend is a person with whom one can share their most intimate dreams, desires, and fears. Friends not only give one mental and emotional tranquility, it has immense health benefits as well.

Apparently, there are some hidden health benefits of having good friends by your side that you might not know! So, always keep your real friends close and grow old together.

A study had also found that having good friends may also increase the longevity of life. This may be linked to a reduced risk of diseases, and the ability to cope up from traumas with the help of friends.

On Friendship Day 2019, as the world celebrates amity, here are health benefits of having a friend:

  1. Friends help cope with stress: When you are stressed, the release of ‘Cortisol’ hormone increases leading to chronic stress. Your friends help you to overcome such stress with the utmost ease. Be it heartbreak or any other emotional turmoil, having friends by your side is a blessing.
  2. Friends help you to adopt lifestyle changes: Real friends who genuinely care for you would motivate you to become your best version. For example, if you are becoming obese that your true friends would encourage you to lose weight rather than making fun of you. They release positive energy that will help in your growth and development.
  3. Promote overall wellness: As per a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, people with poor social life tends to have poor health. The researchers examined BMI, Blood Pressure, waist circumference, etc. Thus, it is important to have good friends.
  4. Friends boost self-confidence and teach self-worth: Whenever you feel low, your friends will help you regain lost confidence. They will bring motivation in your life which would help you understand your self-worth.
  5. Healthy friendship can increase a person’s life span: According to research conducted in 2010 by Bringham Young University, Utah, friendship and social ties help a person live a long and healthy life. It increases longevity by 100% which is equal to the benefits gained by regular exercising and healthy living.
  6. Friendship may keep the mind active: A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry in 2012 found that older people's dementia risk increased with their feelings of loneliness.

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