Friendships offer so much more than just having a good time. Discover 9 ways your friends bolster your health.

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Maintaining positive relationships should rank up there with healthy eating & exercise as a necessary investment in your health. Not only is spending time with friends fun but it also yields a multitude of long-term physical and emotional health benefits.

“As a medical doctor, I wish I could prescribe friendships for everyone,” says Kelli Harding, MD, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in thành phố new york City.

But before we get into the many ways a strong social network promotes health and well-being, it’s important to point out that not all relationships are equal. Just lượt thích you can make unhealthy choices around diet & exercise, you can certainly make unhealthy choices when it comes khổng lồ the friendships & relationships you spend time on.

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A healthy friendship is a two-way street. “When we're only thinking about having our needs met và we're not thinking about our friends' needs, then the relationship is probably unhealthy,” says Marisa Franco, Ph
D, a psychologist based in Washington, DC, whose research has focused on friendship & relationships.

A true friend is there for you always, not just when it’s convenient. “Showing up in moments of need is really important in friendships,” Dr. Franco says, adding that if a friend calls with a crisis at midnight, a true friend won’t opt out. “If you're in crisis, I have to lớn wake up,” she says. “Unless I’m in crisis, too, I’m going khổng lồ show up.”

It's also important to acknowledge that not everyone’s social support network looks the same. Your network could be made up of a partner, family members, friends, coworkers, teachers, or neighbors, Dr. Harding says. “The benefits are with anyone in your life that provides positive social support,” she says. No matter if your network of friendships looks like a partner and a lot of close family ties, or if it's filled with people who aren't related khổng lồ you biologically, every type of positive social tư vấn is beneficial, Harding says.

How a Strong Social Network Supports Physical and Emotional Health

So what does the science say about why strong social ties are good for health and well-being? Here’s what we know:

1. Friendships Promote a Sense of Belonging

No matter what unites you with your group of friends, simply feeling included — lượt thích you belong to lớn a particular group — is beneficial, says Mahzad Hojjat, Ph
D, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, who has led research on friendships, the benefits of close relationships, & marriage. A sense of belonging fulfills an important emotional health need and helps decreases feelings of depression and hopelessness, according lớn a study published 2015 in in Psychiatry.

2. Friends Can Help Boost Self-Esteem

Friends can improve your self-confidence và self-worth. A good friend is your cheerleader. “You want to lớn have friends to giới thiệu in your success who are happy for you,” Dr. Hojjat says.

According khổng lồ a study published in May năm ngoái in PLo
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belonging to a social group goes hand in hand with increased self-esteem because people take pride in these relationships and derive meaning from them.

3. Strong Social Connections Help Offset Stressors in Your Life

Friendships go a long way in helping us buffer stress,” Hojjat says. “As we go through difficult periods of life, friends can help.” Unloading the details of a bad day onto a friend can relieve some of your own stress, she says.

Physical cảm biến can make a difference, too. A study published in October 2018 in PLo
S One
 found that receiving a hug relieved negative emotions like stress. “Positive and welcome physical cảm biến is great for connection and health,” Harding says. The pandemic has made that tricky, of course. “Skin hunger, or touch starvation, is a real thing, which makes boosting emotional closeness especially important during the pandemic,” Harding says.

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4. Friendships May Help Protect Cognitive Health

Research involving elderly women found that having a large social network offers a protective effect over cognition và reduces the risk of dementia, though more research is needed to lớn say why that is.

Another study published in August 2021 in JAMA Network Open found that having someone to lớn have good conversations with may part of what’s protecting brain health. The data showed that in a group of 2,171 adults who had participated in the Framingham Heart Study, those who reported having someone in their lives they could count on as a good listener were more likely lớn have higher levels of cognitive resilience (a measure of brain health known to be protective against brain aging và disease, lượt thích dementia).

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5. Friends Help Us Cope With Grief of All Kinds

Think about the last time you faced a challenging situation, such as a death in the family or loss of something else important to you (like a job, a pet, or a relationship). Having friends you could lean on likely helped you pull through. “People who are lonely have more difficulty bouncing back from life’s challenges,” Harding says.

A small study published in the July–August 2015 issue of the Iranian Journal of Nursing và Midwifery Research found that mothers who experienced a stillbirth relied on social tư vấn to escape loneliness. “Having people in our lives và social support is probably the No. 1 thing helping people get through traumatic times,” Franco says.

6. Friends Can Encourage Healthy Behaviors

Having positive relationships with people who make healthy choices can motivate you lớn make similarly healthy choices, Hojjat says. “If friends are into physical activity, you may be drawn into that.”

They can also speak up if they’re concerned about you. “If you’re engaging in unhealthy behavior, friends are the ones who see it if you’re drinking too much or you’re gaining too much weight, because they’re seeing you & they’re interacting with you every day,” Hojjat says.

According to lớn Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, experts suspect that relationships have this effect on physical health because of the body’s bức xúc response. Feeling isolated and lonely can increase chronic stress, which can negatively impact health, while the flip side — maintaining positive friendships — can keep you healthy.

7. Staying Socially Connected lớn Others May Lower the Risk of Long-Term Health Problems

“Our ability lớn have social connection is so essential to lớn our ability to live a healthy life,” Franco says.

A review published in May 2020 in Neuroscience và Biobehavioral Reviews found that social isolation & loneliness may be linked with inflammation. Unhealthy levels of inflammation can be dangerous và may lead to heart disease, arthritis, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease, according to lớn Harvard Health Publishing.

Having strong social ties has also been linked with a lower risk of depression và healthier blood pressure and toàn thân mass indexes, according to lớn Mayo Clinic.

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8. Strong Relationships May Help Us Live Longer

A review published in PLo
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 found that there was a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival for participants with strong social relationships.

“The difference in mortality risk didn’t come down khổng lồ age, gender, or even medical problems but positive social connections with others,” Harding says of that research. “Those who have more social integration — as measure by marital status, number of friends, involvement with friends — had the biggest health boost.”

9. Healthy Friendships Tend to Make Us Happier

A study published in June 2019 in PLo
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 found that a strong social circle (as measured by study participants’ cellphone activity) was a better predictor of happiness và general wellness than fitness tracker data, such as heart rate and physical activity.

It helps if you associate with happy people, especially if they live close by. Research involving more than 4,000 adults showed that having a happy friend who lives within a mile from you increases your own likelihood of being happy by 25 percent.

Having a best friend khổng lồ confide in can bring a positive effect on our emotional health. An evening out with the closest friend may be the best guarantee of a good time. In fact, our best friend can prevent us from developing serious psychological problems such as depression và anxiety.

Best friendship evolves with time - we cannot go out và pick our best friend. We become friends with people who nội dung common interests – at school or through hobbies, for example.

Best friends have usually known each other for years and stuck together through good và bad times. If you haven"t got one, perhaps you are being too distant from people, or focusing too much on your work.

Câu 1: A best friend can ________.

A. give us a healthy life

B. go out with us in the evening

C. spend much time finding

D. giới thiệu joy & sadness with us

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Đáp án : D
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Giải thích:

Một người chúng ta tốt hoàn toàn có thể ________.

A. Cho chúng ta một cuộc sống thường ngày lành mạnh mẽ

B. đi chơi với bọn họ vào buổi tối

C. Dành nhiều thời hạn tìm kiếm

D. Chia sẻ niềm vui cùng nỗi bi lụy với bọn chúng ta

Dẫn chứng: Having a best friend to lớn confide in can bring a positive effect on our emotional health… In fact, our best friend can prevent us from developing serious psychological problems such as depression & anxiety.

Đáp án: D

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Câu 2: Close friends need khổng lồ ________.

A. study at the same school

B. have the same interests

C. pursue the same hobbies

D. spend time together

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Kiến thức: đọc hiểu

Đáp án : B
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Giải thích:

Bạn bè thân thiện cần ________.

A. Học tập tại cùng một trường

B. Có cùng sở thích

C. Theo đuổi cùng sở thích

D. Dành thời gian bên nhau

Dẫn chứng: We become friends with people who tóm tắt common interests – at school or through hobbies, for example.

Đáp án: B

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Câu 3: According khổng lồ the passage, ________.

A. it takes a lot of time lớn make close friendships

B. we can go out và choose a good friend easily

C. best friends have good và bad times

D. it’s very difficult khổng lồ make lasting friendships

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Kiến thức: đọc hiểu

Đáp án : A
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Theo đoạn văn, ________.

A. đề nghị mất rất nhiều thời gian để sở hữu được tình bạn thân thiết

B. Bạn cũng có thể ra xung quanh và chọn 1 người bạn xuất sắc dễ dàng

C. Hầu như người bạn thân có thời gian tốt và xấu

D. Rất khó khăn để kết chúng ta lâu dài

Dẫn chứng: Best friendship evolves with time

Đáp án: A

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Câu 4: The word "one" in the last paragraph refers lớn ________.

A. good time

B. bad time

C. a friendship 

D. a close friend

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Kiến thức: đọc hiểu

Đáp án : D
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Từ "one" trong khúc cuối đề cập cho ________.

A. Thời gian tốt

B. Thời hạn xấu

C. Một tình chúng ta

D. Một người chúng ta thân

Đáp án: D

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Câu 5: According lớn the passage, a best friend can help you with _______.

A. doing homework

B. doing housework

C. overcoming difficulties

D. overcoming depression & anxiety

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Kiến thức: đọc hiểu

Đáp án : D
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Theo đoạn văn, một người bạn bè có thể giúp bạn _______.

A. Làm bài bác tập về đơn vị

B. Thao tác nhà

C. Quá qua trở ngại

D. Thừa qua trầm cảm với lo lắng

Dẫn chứng: In fact, our best friend can prevent us from developing serious psychological problems such as depression & anxiety.

Đáp án: D

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Dịch bài bác đọc:

Có một bạn bạn tốt để vai trung phong sự có thể mang lại hiệu quả tích cực cho sức khỏe tình cảm của bọn chúng ta. Một trong những buổi tối cùng với người đồng bọn có thể là sự bảo đảm tốt độc nhất vô nhị của một khoảng thời gian vui vẻ. Trong thực tế, bạn bạn xuất sắc của chúng ta có thể ngăn cản chúng ta phát triển các vấn đề tâm lý nghiêm trọng như trầm cảm và lo âu.

Tình bạn tốt phát triển theo thời hạn - bọn họ không thể ra ngoài và chọn tín đồ bạn xuất sắc của bọn chúng ta. Chúng ta trở thành bạn bè với những người có chung sở trường - ví dụ như ở trường hoặc trải qua sở thích.

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