Did you know, recent research has shown that friends may be more important for your happiness than you think?
You might expect that contact with family members would make you happier than seeing your friends. 📋 But a recent study of 50,000 people asked them to rate their increased happiness on an 11-point scale from ‘not at all’ to ‘extremely’ when they were with their friend, parents, and children.
On average the study’s participants rated their happiness with their children at a 0.7% increase, 1.4% when they were with their parents and an 8% increase when they were with their friends. 😃
Other studies have found that people with supportive friends and who valued their friendships highly are likely to live happier and healthier, even longer lives.
A long-term US survey found that compared to friends, and a lesser extent spouse and children, the family was shown to have little effect on an individual’s health and well-being.
Here’s to friendships, 🍷