FACTS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP
Having friends really does matter:
● British anthropologist Robin Dunbar found a human’s capacity for maintaining close friendships was limited to around five people at a time.
● A US study showed loyalty is the most valued quality in a close friend.
● American research psychologist Tom Rath found if your best friend eats healthily, you are five times more likely to have a healthy diet yourself.
● Those who say they have no real friends at work have only a one in 12 chance of feeling engaged in their job. Conversely, if you have a “best friend at work”, you are seven times more likely to feel engaged at your workplace.
● The intelligence of a childhood best friend can affect a person’s intelligence later in life. An American study found the IQ of your best friend at age 11 was the best indicator of your IQ later in life – even more telling than your own IQ at that age.
● A Harvard research study found breast cancer patients with no friendship network were four times more likely to die than women with 10 or more friends.
● A major US study across more than 100 countries has found friends become increasingly important to health and happiness as people age. Having supportive friendships in old age was found to be a stronger predictor of well-being than having strong family connections.