Friends first

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Got a bestie you’ve known since col­lege? You could still be reap­ing the ben­e­fits. A 10-year study that fol­lowed 169 teenagers from the time they were 15 found those who ranked their close friends as top of the list of peers they’d like to spend time with tended to have lower anx­i­ety, a higher sense of self-worth and fewer symp­toms of de­pres­sion by the age of 25. Re­searchers say this may be be­cause close, pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with friends boost self-worth and self-es­teem at a

time cru­cial for iden­tity for­ma­tion.

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