New research has found that friendships become increasingly important to one’s happiness and health across the lifespan. In fact, they are actually a stronger predictor of health and happiness than relationships with family members. “Friendships become even more important as we age,” said William Chopik, professor of psychology at Michigan State University. “Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being so it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest,” Chopik continued. “If a friendship has survived the test of time, you know it must be a good one. A person you turn to for help and advice often, and a person you want in your life.”


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