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  • Power of Friends

    5 posts, 5 voices, 817 views, started Mar 12, 2009

    Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Jane Woods

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    • Are you good at keeping in touch with your friends? There’s plenty of research to say that we should be as it’s good for all of us!

      The happiness of our friends is infectious, or so say researchers at both the University of California and Harvard. They measured the happiness of almost 5000 people over a period of 20 years which showed that when an individual was happy it spread right through the network of friends, and their friend’s friends. And the effect could last for up to a year!

      Other studies show how friends can strengthen our determination and staying power in times of difficulty. A group of people were asked to say how steep they thought a hill was and to anticipate how difficult they would find it to climb.People who did this with a friend saw the slope as less steep - and the closer they felt to the friend the easier the climb appeared!

      So, our friendships are really important to us. Maybe this is why Fabulously 40 is such a success!  

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