Friends is a form of network of social support, making up of people whom you can turn to, whether in times of crisis or simply for fun and entertainment.
Well, we all know the importance of friends and just simply talking with a friend over a cup of coffee, visiting them or even attending an outing with them proves to be good for your overall health.
Friends can help you weather troubled times, when you’re down and lonely. Moreover, they may also encourage you to change unhealthy habits, such as smoking and even advise you when things go wrong in an aspect of your life such as a job loss or even the death of a loved one.
My beloved JC class of CTG 210… Wonderful friends…
Why are friends or groups of friends important? Because they can increase our sense of belonging, purpose and self-worth. They help build up our confidence through the interactions that we have with them and when we actually realise that they accept us for who we are. Often, we do not appreciate our friends for these little things. It’s only when we encounter situations where we feel unwanted and useless, that we fall back on the support, care and love that our friends shower on us.
You don’t necessarily lean on family and friends for support. The mere idea of knowing that they’re there for you can help you avoid unhealthy reactions and to better cope with stressful situations.
If you want to expand your social circle, here are some things you can do: