1. They’ll push you to stay on track
Your chances of becoming obese increase if a close friend, partner or family member becomes obese, but the same goes for good habits: we tend to take cues from our friends, and will often take up exercise or choose to make smart eating choices based on friends who do the same.
2. They’ll keep you sharp
We all know that meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat is fun, but it can also be good for your mind: older people who feel lonely are at greater risk of developing dementia than those who don’t. All the more reason for a catch up!
3. They could help you live longer
Strong friendships give us a sense of community, a support network and a shoulder to cry on when we need it. And, they’re good for life: even when pre-existing conditions are present, close social relationships increase your chance of survival by 50 per cent. It’s thought that that’s down to stress, which you’re less likely to suffer with if you have a friend to talk things out with.
4. They’ll help you get through tough times
Your WW Workshop is likely a good source of inspiration and motivation. And it’s no wonder! It’s thought that support groups can improve your quality of life, and participation in one has been demonstrated to be effective even in patients with certain types of cancer. It could be because you can share your experiences, and get tips from others who have gone through the same thing.
5. They’ll help you cope with rejection
No matter how many friends you have, there will always be times in life when you feel hurt as a result of being left out or rejected. Studies on childhood friendships have suggested that friends help children deal with these feelings, which in turn lowers their stress levels. And the same can be said for you! If you’re feeling hurt, why not chat to a friend? They’ll likely have you feeling better in no time, so you can bounce back from knock-backs more easily.