Smart Woman: The Health Benefits of Friendship

Published 05/06 2014 11:04PM

Updated 05/06 2014 11:13PM

Jackie Goetsch (pronounced 'gaych') And Julie Catherman aren't blood relatives, but they consider themselves family. They've seen each other through all of life's ups and down's.

 Experts say there are health benefits from friendships that are often under appreciated. People who have a good social support network and frankly good friends do better. They cope with stress better. They seem to be healthier, in some studies, they actually live longer.

And they agree that this type of close relationship is an investment worth making. It's much better to have 2-3 really close friends than a whole lot of casual acquaintances. ..Because the deeper the friendship, the more benefit it has for us. So what can you do? Value your friendships, nurture them, invest in them, take the time and make them important.

It's just like that combined sense of force that gives you kind of that peaceful feeling that you're not alone in whatever you're doing.

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