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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.

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