Essay about Benefits Of Having A Bestfriend Improves Health

1058 Words Sep 13th, 2014 5 Pages
Best friends are a necessity, everybody has one no matter what or who it is. According to Albert Schweitzer, “In everyone 's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” This quote is a great example of giving an idea of how much friends affect us and our well being. In the essay it will cover topics such as how having a bestfriend improves health, makes life less stressful, and just improves the quality of life.
First off while researching the health benefits of having friends it shows a study done by the Center for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, the study looked at how having friends affected the elderly and they found that those who had a larger group of good friends lived longer by 22%. They believe that the reasoning for this is because having good friends encourages you to make better choices therefore elongating your life. Another fact is that Robert Putnam said that friends are not only good for our well-being but also our democracy, he explains by saying “The culture in which people talk to each other over the back fence is the culture in which people vote.” Which is basically meant to mean that when someone feels they belong to a group they are more likely to contribute to it, much the same as voting. It also states that, “Putnam says that if you don’t belong to a group and you join one now, you’ll cut your chance…

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