I took the following excerpt from a New York Times article called What Are Friends For? A Longer LifeLast year, researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack.
They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.
The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.
“People with stronger friendship networks feel like there is someone they can turn to,” said Karen A. Roberto, director of the center for gerontology at Virginia Tech. “Friendship is an undervalued resource. The consistent message of these studies is that friends make your life better.”