20 Things Friends Do To Be Happy Together

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Happy friends make a happy us. Happiness is contagious among friends. Our happiness touches them. Their happiness touches us. We bring you this list of 20 things best friends do to be happy together, backed by scientific research.

The philosopher Aristotle had said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”

Friendships are indispensable for our wellbeing, but the problem is we are not born with them. You can’t  create a friendship artificially; people will see through it. You have to give them the time to develop. So, oftentimes in our crazy busy lives of today, one of our most vital bonds — friendships — are at risk of being neglected.

Happy Among Friends

Happiness is a fundamental object of human existence, so much so that the nations all over the world are more and more emphasizing happiness as a component of health. The causes of modern social problems, from divorce to homelessness and obesity, are often thought to be based in areas such as poverty, stress or unhappiness.

But researchers suggest we are overlooking something crucial: Friendships. It appears that our society is ignoring the importance of happy friends.

Tom Rath, the Gallup Organization’s director, believes that we are all aware of the value of friendship especially during difficult times. In his book, Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford To Live Without, Rath makes the point that if you ask people why they became homeless, why their marriage failed or why they overeat, they often say it is because of the poor quality, or nonexistence, of friendships. They feel outcast or unloved.

Happiness Is Contagious

In Dec 2008, a study published in the British Medical Journal, carried out by Harvard University researchers James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis found:

  • Knowing someone who is happy makes you 15.3% more likely to be happy yourself.
  • A happy friend of a friend increases your odds of happiness by 9.8%.
  • A happy friend who lives within a half-mile (0.8 km) makes you 42% more likely to be happy yourself.
  • You are 45% more likely to be happy if a friend of yours became happy in the past six months.
  • Happy people in geographic proximity were most effective in spreading their good cheer. If that same friend lives two miles away, his impact drops to 22%. Happy friends who are more distant have no discernible impact, according to the study.
  • The happiest people were at the center of large social networks.
  • The spread of happiness reaches up to 3 degrees of separation, just like the spread of obesity and smoking behaviour.

For the study, they had constructed a social network that included 12,067 study volunteers who were linked to each other through a massive 53,228 ties. They concluded that your happiness depends on the happiness of your connections.

So, there is perhaps the most important finding of our times. That happiness of our friends affect us in a significant way. Happiness is indeed contagious among friends. As if a network phenomenon, happiness casts ripples through your social network.

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20 Things Friends Do To Be Happy Together

  1. My friend makes me feel good about my ideas
  2. We make up easily when we fight We make up easily when we fight! Click To Tweet
  3. My friend helps me with activities when we hang out
  4. We meet up frequently for social activities
  5. We always tell each other our problems We always tell each other our problems! Click To Tweet
  6. My friend likes me more than anyone else in our social group
  7. My friend gives me confidence in my abilities
  8. We get over our arguments very quickly We get over our arguments very quickly! Click To Tweet
  9. We help each other with our work a lot
  10. We discuss personal and emotional issues frequently
  11. We help each other with our work a lot
  12. We make each other feel special and important We make each other feel special and important! Click To Tweet
  13. We talk about resolving differences between us
  14. My friend frequently offers me constructive advice
  15. I talk to my friend when I am angry about something that happens to me
  16. We disagree on things sometimes
  17. My friend and I fight sometimes My friend and I fight sometimes. Click To Tweet
  18. We always team up to do things together
  19. We meet up frequently for non-social, non-group activities
  20. I like my friend more than I like others in my peer group I like my friend more than others in my peer group! Click To Tweet

Related Book

In How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, Dale Carnegie’s time-tested advice has been rebooted to tame the complexities of modern times. It will teach you how to communicate with diplomacy and tact, capitalize on a solid network, make people like you, project your message widely and clearly, increase your ability to get things done, and optimize the power of digital tools in nurturing happy friendships.

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