The Friend Effect

The Friend Effect.  

I came across an news article today on The Guardian Australia website, which made so much sense to me.  So much so, that I decided to share.  

It goes on to talk about an Oxford Economics study that found a link between eating with others and happiness.  Researchers from the University of Oxford found that the more you eat with others, the more likely you are to feel happy and be satisfied with your life.  

While the researches can't specifically say why, it has something to do with the the social ritual of sharing food with people.  Which then trigger endorphins, which make you feel good.  

These friendships are quite literally, a matter of life or death.  The research then goes on to say that one of the biggest predictors of physical and mental health is loneliness.  The evidence suggests that for someone who is lonely, their chance of suffering a major illness, like heart disease or cancer is increased, and the kicker?  It is almost as high as smoking.  

Shut the front door!  

You can eat as much espresso ice-cream as you like, drink too many G&T's and as long as you quit smoking and have a support network of friends, you have a better chance of surviving a major illness. 

It's not as simple as that, though, is it?  I have moved around a lot in my adult life, and have a sprinkling of friends all over the place.  Loneliness is tough, I've been there and I am sure you have to.  It's not the easiest thing in the world to shove aside your social anxiety and fear of rejection to ask someone you click with if they want to catch up for a coffee, play date, or a drink.  

The take away for me?  Instead of texting friends, or even worse messaging them on social media, why not knock on their door, look them in the eye and make yourselves both feel better?  I promise I'll text you first ;)  

You can read the original article here.