Happiness. Jubilation. Excitement. Exhilaration.
These words up above represent some of the emotions that we go through with our friends on a daily basis. Friendship is a very precious relationship that we take for granted sometimes. Think about that exact moment when you first met some of your best friends. Some of us can remember that instant while other can’t but if you take the time to reflect on the journey you guys took to get to where you are at right now I’d bet you would be filled with variety of positive emotion.
I like to think of friends as the catalyst of our lives because they excite the reactions we go through every day. If you didn’t have friends you wouldn’t have nearly as much enjoyment in your life. That spring break trip wouldn’t be as fun, that party wouldn’t be as memorable, and that class wouldn’t be as interesting. According to the Tasha R. Howe, PhD, a professor at Humboldt State University stated, “”People with social support have fewer cardiovascular problems and immune problems, and lower levels of cortisol — a stress hormone. Think about that bad break up or the time you were having school issues, who was there to support you through those problems???Friendship is a natural remedy that cures pain, depression, and fills us with delight. The bonds we have with our friends makes life meaningful and adds significance. An Australian study that was done by Flinders University found out that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewer friends by 22%.
Friendship is built on love and sacrifice. Keeping great friendships teaches us a lot of life lessons that you can’t read in a book or watch in a seminar. I know the friends that I have has helped me be the person I am today and I know your friends have done the same for you. This quote sums it up perfectly.
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”
– Charles R. Swindoll