Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friends and health

Researchers are paying attention to the importance of friendship and health. A 10-year Australian study found that older people with a large circle of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends. Last year,a study from Harvard researchers reported that strong social ties may promote brain health as we age.
Yet, I am not happy with the kind of friend I am. Perhaps I am too picky and impatient to appreciate my friends. I have let too many friends go and I regret it now as I age and understand the difficulty in making friends. Friends keep us well and happy. We can have fun because friends are less judgmental and our relationships are not as complicated as family relationships. I am going to work on my friendships because I must be missing something and I want to find it.

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