Irene S. Levine, Ph. D., author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Break-up with Your Best Friend, says that even the most loyal friend will loose companions over the course of her life. These losses can be trigged by anything from a new partner or a baby all the way through to promotion of infidelity.
Having a close pal can go far beyond having someone to go on a shopping spree with or someone to have a coffee and a chat with. When we are with friends we talk and laugh and we are active, this all increases our production of endorphins and serotonin and all of this lowers blood pressure.
Lack of friends and isolation can lead to depression or worse, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, found that women with breast cancer who have a large support network of friends are four times less likely to die than those without close friends.
Friendships don’t come without hard work and maintenance and even the best friendships need to be nurtured to stay alive. But it is all worth it in the end.