Friends Can Help You Manage Stress, Reveals Research


Difficult relationship, bad boss, loss of a loved one or money problems! There is one person who has always been there, knows all your secretes, weaknesses and has a healthy and de-stressing solution to every single problem in your life. Your best friend!

By now most of us know the secret to healthy living, a lifestyle with healthy food, regular exercise, enough sleep, and stress management. Researchers reveal that making friends is another surprising thing that can help you have a stress-free and healthy lifestyle. Several studies have revealed that making friends or being in company of friends can actually help you de-stress.

A study conducted by researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands among school children found that children who had no friends and were rejected by peers showed a high level of stress hormone cortisol. On the other hand, another study revealed that children who were with their best friend during stressful situation did not produce a high amount of cortisol as compared those who were not with their friends.  Studies also suggest that people who tend to socialise more show a low risk of having high blood pressure or cholesterol. This means friends can actually help us live longer.

Researchers therefore suggest that being in company of friends can counteract the stress most of us experience on a daily basis. Friends help us to lead a more joyful life. They can reduce the stress that affects us mentally and physically.  If they keep us healthy and even add years to our life, is it difficult to have a friend in our life?

So, go ahead, make friends and thank those who have always been there for you.