Photo by Louise MacPherson

Friendships are a very important part of our lives. We all need healthy friendships and there are reasons why.

Friends give us a different perspective on things from our family members as they are emotionally involved in a different way. For example, in the event of the death of a loved one, a friend will be able to offer support that a family member might not be able to offer because they are grieving. Also, friends usually accept us as we are while our parents can sometimes have expectations of us.

When our family members are not available or do not live nearby, our friends can be there for us. They can be our support. We choose our friends, so they are the people we choose to spend time with and we go to them at times of need.

Our friends are likely to have things in common with us, share similar experiences or share similar interests. They are there for sharing our leisure time. This helps us relax as well as reducing stress because we are focused on the things we enjoy doing.

Friendships give us a sense of belonging as we are part of a group. This makes us feel complete and prevents loneliness. It is fantastic having friends to trust and spend our intimate time together.

What do friendships mean to you?


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