Health benefits of having friends

Did you know friends help you tolerate pain better?

Friendship is a vital part of our lives. We start making friends since childhood and it comes naturally to us. Once you find someone whose frequency matches with yours you grow a fondness for that person and like to be around them. Slowly with the increase of trust level you tend to treat that person differently and continue your friendship. But did you know that as much as it impacts our life, having friends has a lot of health benefits too? Take a look at a few health benefits of having friends:

Improve pain tolerance: Believe it or not, friends to help us tolerate pain better. Endorphins which is a chemical in the brain that is also our body's natural painkillers, even stronger than morphine gives us a feeling of pleasure. Friendships boost endorphins in the body hence helping us better endure physical pain.

Make you confident: Having friends around you gives you a sense of belongingness and improves your self-confidence. This, in turn, makes you have a positive approach to any problem in your life. You'll have a mental satisfaction and feel peaceful.

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Boost happiness and reduce your stress: You tend to laugh more when you are around friends and that way your stress is reduced big time. Laughter has many other health benefits. According to studies, simple nature walks with a group of friends can help you beat stress and depression.

Help you cope with traumas: We go through all types of highs and lows in life. Mental traumas such as serious illness, job loss or death of a loved one can cause PTSD. Friends really come to rescue during these times. They help us divert our minds from things in our live that hurt us.

Help yougive up unhealthy habits: According to a study, going to the gym with friends helps you better than going alone. Friends make you like going to the gyms and other healthy habits. Another research has also friends can also help youth and adolescent reduce smoking and tobacco use.

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