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This is where we feel truly human because we belong. This is where we find our greatest happiness. Have you ever caught up with a friend after years of being apart, but everything falls into place as though no time had passed? Nothing feels better than the love and understanding of an old friend. The nature of our friendships is interesting; we often prioritize them after our romantic partners, parents and children. We tend to them when we have the time. We have times of year—holidays and celebrations—that bring family together in an organized way. But the time we spend with our friends is completely voluntary.
Regardless of our age, we expect the same things from our close friends: someone to talk to, someone to depend on and someone to enjoy. Throughout the course of our lives friendships give us so much more, including both mental and physical benefits. This grows even more important as we age. Young adulthood is when we begin to form our strongest friendships.
We have the luxury of time. We are also seeking our identity through our friendships. Once we move into romantic relationships and form our own households, friendships really take a hit. It can take weeks to make a date for a drink and days to return a phone call.
Maintaining old friendships feels like more work than play at this time of our lives—though commiserating with other parents can be a bonding experience.
They often feel the loss of friendship most keenly and work the hardest to maintain those relationships. Midlife can be particularly hard on our friendships as we manage our careers, older children and the care for elderly loved ones. As we get older, we tend to favor experiences more, so spending time with close friends becomes a priority and adds to our overall wellbeing and sense of happiness. The good thing about digital media is that we have more ways to find people we have lost touch with. Interestingly, many of our online friendships tend to fall into the commemorative category. Reconnecting can be powerful and shared memories can be so much fun.
As we become the most authentic version of ourselves, we can make our friendships deeper, richer and more intentional. Or we simply want out of the drama that some relationships bring into our lives. Fewer close friends can be far more rewarding than a huge group of people with no real intimacy and history. When we feel needed, cared for and happy, it has positive effects on our physical and mental health. That is why working our way out of drama-filled, negative relationships is so important and freeing!
Want some motivation to water those social branches?
Here are four major benefits of having a close friend throughout life. Okay, it may not make you a genius, but having a companion has been proven to improve your cognition and memory. You stimulate your brain just by interacting or having a conversation with someone. Because other aspects of aging seem to require more urgent attention from us such as knee pain or arthritismany of us overlook the importance of keeping our minds engaged as we age.
Those who experience loneliness tend to have higher blood pressure, poor immune systems, high cholesterol and higher disease risk, according to a study from Harvard School of Public Health. A meta-analysis of over studies reviewing social isolation determined that people with more social interaction had lower mortality rates, too. Companionship is clearly vital for more than just your soul! Homesharing tends to lead to more interactions—even the minor ones that happen in passing—that keep you engaged. You may move around more, do things together or help each other with pets or yard work. This interaction and activity reinforces healthy lifestyle habits and keeps you moving.
It's easier to get motivated to get moving when there's another person involved! Sometimes people who share homes also share meals or cook together.
Cooking and eating with another person often le to healthier choices than dining solo—heating up a frozen pizza begins to sound less appealing than making a fresh meal with your housemate. Give yourself a gift today. Call an old friend or reach out on social media. And, if you're looking to find a new kind of connection and share your home—we're here to help.
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