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Friendships Alleviate Stress
April 21, 2020
Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.
-Thomas Fuller

Jamie Ducharme, writing in Time magazine, reports that:

“One recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that the strength of a person’s social circle—as measured by inbound and outbound cell phone activity—was a better predictor of self-reported stress, happiness and well-being levels than fitness tracker data on physical activity, heart rate and sleep.”

The Exchange Essentials collection, “Friendships” contains a series of articles on the importance of supporting children as they learn to develop friendships among peers, and also the vital need for administrators to help cultivate positive interactions between teaching colleagues. A passage from one of the articles asserts:

“When human beings work together, there will inevitably be times when relationships feel challenging. In staff's efforts to make positive connections among coworkers a valued goal, children learn how to form positive relationships by example.”

Source: “Why Spending Time With Friends Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Health,” by Jamie Ducharme, Time magazine, June 25, 2019

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Deborah Schein · April 21, 2020
Growing Wonder
Minneapolis, MN, United States

Thanks for sharing. Friendship is indeed important and requires fostering for all human beings. The piece missing from the article is why...It is not uncommon for such articles to stop short. If you move forward to answer this question about why friendship is important, one might see that friendship is part of building relationships and relationships play a major role in nurturing our human spirit by supporting our spiritual development. I see spiritual development as a system build on relationships, meeting our dispositions with moments of wonder, awe, joy, and inner peace that result the emergence of our being able to act with kindness, caring, empathy, and reverence. Reverence here is about being able to hold our place in society by following rules, being respectful and responsible. So yes, friendship is important but let's ask ourselves why so we can get to the bigger picture of what might be going on.
Growing Wonder

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