9 Benefits of Friendships
It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “Many people will walk in and out of your life; but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Those footprints represent the impact, the influence, and the inspiration our friends give us.
It’s sometimes hard in our busy lives as women to make time for connecting with friends. Yet it’s very important. Here are nine powerful benefits of friendship:
Connection: Being with like-minded people who really do understand your life in some way is very powerful. Friendships keep us connected to the world outside of our home and family.
A Sense of Belonging: The human soul longs to belong. We want to know that people believe in us and accept us for who we are. Friendships provide a place where we’re needed and we’re really known.
The Ability to Give: When you care about and care for other people, it brings a sense of satisfaction to your own life. Your encouraging words, your physical help all contribute to your feeling of being needed.
The Ability to Receive: Most of us are much more comfortable giving than receiving. Yet, if we refuse to receive, we rob others of the joy of giving. A healthy friendship is a dance between the two.
Sounding Board: A good friend is the perfect person to run ideas past. She can listen, share in your excitement, or bring some much needed perspective.
Wisdom and Experiences of Others: Friendships fill your gaps. They allow you to tap into the strengths of others.
Marital Health: Husbands make terrible girlfriends, and honestly it’s unfair to expect them to be something they’re not meant to be. A girlfriend, however, will make sure you know you’re not alone as you journey through motherhood.
Emotional Health: Friends can help create emotional stability. When you weather the ups and downs of life with someone who cares, you feel stronger than if you were navigating life on your own.
Physical Health: A UCLA study discovered that when the hormone oxytocin is released as part of the stress response in a woman, it encourages her to tend children and gather with women. And when she “tends and befriends,” more oxytocin is released, which actually calms her and reduces stress!
We won’t have a single friend who will bring all of these benefits to our lives, and we won’t experience them all at once either. However, over time and with a commitment to investing in friendships, we’ll experience many of them in our lifetime!
So what are you waiting for? Text a friend, new or old, and get a date on the calendar today!
Jill Savage is a wife, mother, author, and speaker. She is the Founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, a ministry to moms. You can find her online at www.JillSavage.org and www.HeartsatHome.org. Need some friendspiration? Check out Better Together!