Why Adult Friendships Are Important
Five Benefits of These Friendships
By Marlene Wagner
Why do we never put enough emphasis on the important things in life? Are we really that busy?
It’s not that people are too busy; most people never give it a thought. Most people go through the daily motions of living and often think of nothing more.
Sadly, studies have shown we’re not taking the time for friends like we used to.
According to a survey taken in the 1980s, the average adult had a minimum of three friends they were close to.
Thirty years later, the same study came out with some chilling news. As many as one in four people claim to have no friends at all.
It’s not that adult friendships aren’t enjoyed. Is it somehow that we’ve gotten the idea they’re not necessary?
It’s absolutely not true. Below are five reasons why adult friends are crucial to your life and good health.
Friends Provide Support
We’re not meant to go it alone. We need friends to support us in everything, from cheerleaders to a shoulder to cry on.
Sometimes friends are all we have. A good friend or friends will get involved when family can’t or won’t.
Friends Teach Us We Learn from Them
How do we conduct ourselves? If you’re socially awkward, it might be because no one taught you specific social skills critical to success.
Friends are where we learn those skills. It’s with friends that we practice, finding out both what’s acceptable and what’s not.
Moreover, friends help us escape the ruts we fall into and challenge us to try social situations we might not otherwise consider.
Friends Give Us a Reality Check
Who else but a friend will tell you when you lie to yourself or wander down the wrong path entirely?
This kind of love keeps us from disaster and guides us away from the pitfalls of life.
Couple Friendships Guide Our Relationships
Not everyone was blessed with parents who modeled good relationship skills.
Having “couple friends” is where we form our impressions of how couples in romantic relationships interact.
These relationships teach us how to balance work and romance and handle the parenting component.
Talking to other couples about challenges unique to this kind of relationship also gives a much-needed place to learn.
Friendships are Good for Your Health
Studies have shown people who sustain healthy friendships live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.
People who regularly spend time with friends are shown to adopt healthier and happier lifestyles.
They experience fewer physical ailments such as heart disease and have fewer issues with dementia as they age.
In short, adult friendships are an essential part of your life and worth exploring.
Now is not the time to hold back. Get out there, meet people, and discover all life offers.
Making time for friendships should be a priority for all adults.
There are many pluses to having solid friendships, to name a few.
Lacking Friendships Can Have Serious Consequences
As a Life Coach, I have witnessed different consequences experienced by individuals that have no friends or a solid significant person in their lives.
If friendships aren’t developed throughout life, one finds themselves alone at some point.
Most of the time, unhealthy habits become a substitute for friendships.
Addictions often take over in different ways. Alcohol, drugs, gambling, and food addictions. All unhealthy choices.
I have coached couples where one of the partners has no close friends and a partner with no friends can become a problem in the marriage.
I have chosen to finish this series with this chapter to stress how crucial it is to have solid friendships.
If you know of someone, extend your hand. Reach out. Please get to know their situation and invite them to do something with you.
Introduce them to others and make it a point to include them when possible.
The blessing may be for you as you might find someone special to add to your life.
If you have enjoyed this short friendship series or learned something, would you share the experience with me?
Pass it on if you know someone who could benefit from the information.
Friendships need nurturing. Reach out to one of your special friends and tell them how much you appreciate and need them.
If you have any particular challenges, let me know. I’ll include it in my content.
Starting today, make yourself a priority and begin living your best life.
But before we go, always remember to
Be true to your magnificent self,
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