Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Science of Happiness: Friendship Matters

10/26/15: How Friendships Matter for Happiness

So we've talked about marriage and children [links]. Now, let's talk about friends.  There's a video!

This is not that video, but I'm leaving it here anyway:

The actual video points out that we're wired to make friends when we're in new situations (doesn't mean we're necessarily that good at it, but I'm not good at a lot of these things, am I?). But even our non-human primate relatives find value in "non-kin alliances", which are shown to increase oxtocin and decrease cortisol. When we have friends, we know we have support, so we don't stress out as much.


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