Life should not stop once you have a family or start developing your career. You need to interact outside your world of families and coworkers in order to grow as a person. There is always a need to socialize and interact among peers, and sharing things and feelings with your friends not only gives you the benefit of a third or fourth opinion, but it also broadens your perspective, boosts your ego, and keeps you grounded in reality.
Learn about the things you stand to gain when you maintain fulfilling friendships below.
Check out these other FN articles for more on the benefits of friendship:
- New Study: Make Friends to Live Longer + 5 Ways to Give Off a Friendlier Vibe
- New Study: Our Brains Are Hard-Wired to Connect with Friends + 5 Tips to Better Understand Your Pals
- Who's the best friend you've ever had, and why do you love him or her?
(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Features section as "Forever Friends" in May 2008; adapted for use in Female Network)