Remember how at school, friends seemed all-important? As we move through life, the demands of work, family and being a ‘grown-up’ take priority.
But research shows that friendship matters. A study published in June last year found friends are as important as family when it comes to health and happiness, especially as we age (Department of Psychology, Michigan State University).
The importance of social inclusion is widely recognised and it’s a good idea for all of us to take part in regular social activities that encourage us to make new friends and keep in touch.