August is the month when we celebrated Friendship Day, but you might’ve missed it. Apparently, this special day honoring friends has been around since 1935 in the U.S., and other countries around the world have adopted it as well. And why not? Friendship is cherished everywhere, and for good reason.
However, you can celebrate friendship every day. You don’t have to wait until next August. You don’t need a reason to tell a friend you care, or give them an unexpected gift. Here are seven fun facts about friendship to chat about during a get-together with your pals…
1. Friendship Can Extend Your Life
You’ve probably heard that it’s important to be social for your well-being, but a 2010 research review actually concluded that social ties is twice as important as exercise when it comes to boosting your life expectancy, according to LiveScience.
The same source also notes the review found the effects of keeping in touch with friends is the equivalent of quitting smoking for your well-being. The research looked at 148 studies about social contact and mortality, which more than 300,000 subjects among them. It was found that friends are important in terms of chronic stress management.