Friendships can improve health
boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives may come and go. Friends
are forever. Not fair-weather or convenience friends. They're
as bountiful as pollen in spring. We're talking true, stick to
your side no matter what friends.
As we age, they're the spice that keeps us vibrant and challenged.
They're also good medicine. When your body sags, longtime buddies
lift you up. When you're sick and bedridden, they brighten your
outlook. When death comes knocking, they slam the door on evil
friends are the difference between just existing and living,"
says Paula David, a social worker at Baycrest Geriatric Centre.
"The beauty (of lifelong friends) is you're lucky enough to know
someone who's gone through the different stages in your life and
who you can reminisce with.
The book The Healthy Boomer (McClelland and Stewart) by Toronto
aging experts points to studies that indicate people who become
isolated from friends due to illness, moving, divorce or the death
of a partner are particularly vulnerable to heart disease and
other health problems.
One of the first studies linking relationships and longevity came
out of Alameda County, Calif., in recent years. Researchers found
that people with the strongest social and community ties were
likely to live longer, say the books Age Erasers for Men and Age
Erasers for Women (McClelland and Stewart). Three other studies
have duplicated the findings.
Trust, honesty, fun, understanding and loyalty are the top five
things that mean the most in a friendship, according to a survey
on the Friendship Page, an Australia-based Internet site (www.friendship.com)
that encourages surfers to find a Web friend.
Quotes about friendship:
friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known
until it be lost." - Charles Caleb Cotton.
real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks
out." - Walter Winchell.
friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
- Elbert Hubard.
is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." - Kahil