Friendship Revolution

Friendship Revolution

Why promote friendship?

Friendship is the state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between 2 or more people. In all cultures, friendships are important relationships throughout a person’s life span.

There’s no absolute definition of what does or does not constitute a friendship. However, some common traits of friendship include:

  • some degree of commitment both to the friendship and to the other person’s well-being.
  • a desire for “regular” contact with the other person,, with regular meaning once every couple of days or once every two years.
  • mutual trust, concern, and compassion.
  • shared interests, opinions, beliefs, or hobbies.
  • shared knowledge about one another’s lives, emotions, fears, or interests.
  • feelings of fondness, respect, admiration, or appreciation.

An 85 year long study, the longest running of its type in the world, (the Harvard Study of Adult Development) discovered that the most important thing that brings us happiness in life is positive relationships, and your friendships are a huge component.

Psychological research from around the world shows that having social connections is one of the most reliable predictors of a long, healthy, and satisfying life.

Studies found that adult friendships, especially high-quality ones that provide social support and companionship, significantly predict well-being and can protect against mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, with those benefits persisting across the life span.

People with no friends or poor-quality friendships are twice as likely to die prematurely, a risk factor even greater than the effects of smoking 20 cigarettes per day.

Knowing how important friendship is, GFS Perth seeks to catalyst a #FriendshipRevolution, and we hope you will join us in this journey!