Why You Should Hang with Your Friends More:
When I was single, me and my friends were completely inseparable. Whether I needed someone to chat to at 2 o’clock in the morning, or whether we were just meeting up for casual cocktails after work on a Friday, it was wonderful to know that my friends were always there for me.
However, once we all started getting into serious relationships we started hanging out less and less. We were just too busy or too distracted to get together as often. However last week, we arranged our first meet up for months and I couldn’t believe how much fun we had. It made me remember all of the good times and made me think that we really ought to get together more often. Interestingly, there’s a whole pile of research out there that shows that not only is it great fun to hang with your mates, but in fact, it can have a long lasting effect on your health and well-being.
Cuts Your Stress And Makes You Happy
Studies have shown that whenever you’re going through a stressful period in your life, hanging out with a friend actually reduces the cortisol stress hormone levels in your body. Being able to talk to a good friend during an upsetting experience also helps to make you happier and less upset about the situation. Even better, if you’re there for your friend when they’re having a bad time, you’ll feel better too.
Talking About Real Things
Of course, a lot of the things we talk to our mates about is light hearted gossip, but who else can you go to when you want to discuss the really important things in life. If you’ve got a huge decision to make or want to get something off your chest, being able to have a deep conversation with a close friend can really boost your well being.
Good Moods Are Shared
Whether your best mate just got promoted or work or has just booked a dream vacation, their happiness has been proved to boost your mood too. The more time you spend with happy friends, the better you feel.
Long Lasting Good Vibes
Interestingly, research has shown that while the feel-good vibe you get from some of the life’s most exciting milestones such as getting married or buying your first house will wear off eventually when you have good friends, you will continue to find fresh reasons for happiness over time. The more often you see your friends, the more things you’ll have to be happy about, so arrange more get together!
Casual Friends Are Just As Important
If you don’t have any close friends, there’s no need to worry. Apparently, even a casual friend can still give you a mood boost, so whether it’s someone you occasionally chat to on the bus or a casual acquaintance at work, you can still get that sense of well being. If you need some advice about how to make more friends and to be more social, this article can give you some helpful advice.