Interesting Facts About Friendship:Are you someone who has lots of friends, are you someone who has only a few close friends, or are you somewhere in-between?
Friendships are important to our well being. They provide companionship, someone to talk to and confide in, and someone to spend time with and keep things from getting too boring. But how important are those friendships really to us?
Here are a few interesting facts about those friendships that we hold so close.
Interesting Facts About Friendship
Several studies have shown that, at least between chimpanzees, baboons, horses, hyenas, elephants, bats and dolphins, animals can form friendships for life with individuals that aren’t from their species.
When faced with major illnesses, those individuals with a great social network are in a better position to survive. The loving support of friends helps them through the healing process.
“With a Little Help From My Friends” (Beatles) was released in year 1967 on celebration of10th International Friendship Day.
A 2004 study published in the American Sociological Review revealed that the average number of trusted friends fell by a third in the past 20 years and the proportion of people with no confidants had doubled.
The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a key human characteristic, but with friends we take it to the next level. A group at the University of Virginia studied brain scans from 22 different people who were under threat of receiving small electrical shocks to either themselves, a friend, or a stranger. Scientists discovered that the brain activity of a person in danger, versus that when a friend is, is essentially the same.
Companionship also said to help reduce stress effects on the body; it protects one from illnesses and hastens the healing process when sick. It makes people less susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases and heart disease.
In a lifetime, you go through approximately good 396 friends but only around 1 in 12 friendships last.
A 10-year study by the Centre for Ageing at Flinders University found that a network of friends was more important than close family relatives in prolonging life. People aged over 70 with an extensive network tended to live 22 per cent longer than those with less extensive networks.
Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has studied the effect that love has on friendship and the results are clear: when a new person enters into your life, he or she displaces two others in your close circle, usually a family member or a friend.
Not having close confidants or friends can be as detrimental to your health as being overweight or smoking.
Knowing what irritates a friend can make your relationship more stable and less frustrating. Scientists call this the “if-then” profile. They consider knowing friends’ reactions when faced with different situations just as important as knowing their tastes.
National Friendship Day was first proclaimed in 1935 by the United States Congress. Henceforth, it is annually celebrated on the first Sunday of every August as a holiday dedicated in honor of friendship.
The entire month of February is designated as the International Friendship Month.
The third Sunday of every September is Women’s Friendship Day.
In 1999, Kappa Delta Sorority created National Women’s Friendship Day for all women. It was celebrated on the third Sunday in August, for ten years in a row. The idea was so popular that the celebration was expanded to National Women’s Friendship Month for 2009.
The third week of May is National New Friends, Old Friends Week.
‘Best Friends Weekend’ is celebrated every year from June 23 – June 25. The occasion was established by the Best Friends Animal Society to honor and protect the rights of animals.
June 23, the first day of the Best Friends Weekend, is “Best Friends’ Day”.
‘Día del Amigo’, also known as ‘The Spanish Friend’s Day’, is annually observed on July 20, mainly in countries like Argentina and Uruguay.
In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh, the famous cartoon character as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
Flowers, gifts, greeting cards and colourful wristbands known as “Friendship Bands”, are popular items to be exchanged on every Friendship Day.
Friendship day quotes
International Friendship Dayis a day designed to foster friendships and bridge the gaps between race, color, religion and other factors which keep humans from enjoying friendship with one another. Today, in such a global society, it is imperative that the leaders of tomorrow respect, include and understand world diversity.
“Friendships are what our dreams are made of. We hold onto each other with its binding love. We stand close to each other, hand in hand, showing each other we understand. Some friends may come and go, but you are the truest friend I know.”
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.
“Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves, found everywhere.
“When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead. you can look beside you and your friend will be there.”
“A Friend is a treasure. More precious than Gold, For love shared is priceless And never grows old.”
A Friendship that’s sincere are true. Gives joy like nothing else will do; That’s why glad hearts look up and send A prayer of thanks forfaithful friends.
A true friendship can be compared to good health. You never realize the value of it until it is lost
Friendship is like a mark on a stone.. “which can never be erased”.. But when someone tries to rub a stone and erase it. The fire produced can burn anyone.
Real friends understand when you say you can’t, forgive when you say “sorry”, feel happy when you say you miss them, smile when you say you care for them, but die when you say forget me.
Friends are like the walls of a house. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes you lean on them. But sometimes, it’s enough to know they’re just standing by.
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