You may be one of those who think that your world would be dull and a bleak had it not been for your best friend. Boredom is guaranteed and depression is only about a matter of time before you have it. A person is there throughout all stages of your life and that person can be someone you call a friend, someone who stands right behind you through the highs and the lows. What makes this an even more interesting fact is that science backs it all up. Let’s see what science has to say about friendship.

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  1. A lifelong friendship can exist between two individuals of different species. This can be observed in dolphins, elephants, horses, baboons, and chimpanzees, all of which have been discovered to have formed strong bonds with species other than theirs. Whales are also observed to have best friends as well.
  2. There would be approximately 396 people you are friends with. However, out of 12 friendships, only one would last the longest.
  3. It is absolutely dangerous not to have friends. Loneliness is a true killer that needs recognition. Having no friends is equal to being obese or has the same risks as smoking.
  4. The American Sociological Review claimed in 2004 that in the past 20 years, the amount of trusted friends has decreased by a third. Meanwhile, the ratio of those who do not have confidantes had risen twofold within the same duration.
  5. A marriage will be likelier to last thanks to the friendship factor. Research shows that deep friendship forms a strong foundation for a successful marriage. Marriage will benefit from a good grasp on each other’s likes and dislikes as well as quirks (in addition to mutual respect for each other). During a fight, couples who are good friends with each other are shown to do their best to work it all out.
  6. Your chance of surviving major illness is good enough provided that you have a better social network. The Center for Ageing at Flinders University conducts a 10-year study. For their research, it was found that a network of friends that is strong and tight is way crucial in prolonging life more than the presence of close family relatives. Those of more than 70 years of age could live 22% longer provided that they are supported by an extensive network of friends.
  7. The way your brain reacts when you are in danger is literally the same as when your friend is. Close friendship is translated into a higher rate of empathy.
  8. Your stress level drastically takes a dip when you are surrounded by a group of good friends.
  9. If you have been wishing that your bestie was your sibling, this is good news: it is likely that you and your best friend share at least 1% of your DNA with each other. That makes you two at least as close as you are with your fourth cousins. Researchers at University of California, San Diego and Yale University conducted a study. They collected data from 2000 samples and drew a conclusion off the result: The chemistry that you feel between you and your best friend could originate from the fact that you two share DNA together. This finding can also be used to further explain how a friendship evolves.
  10. Your weight is more or less influenced by your close friends. Whether you believe this or not, the pattern is there for you to observe. You will be more likely to eat a healthier diet if your best friend does. If your best friend is a junk food die-hard fan, then you have the partial answer as to why you could not lose weight.
  11. You are pretty much like your best friend. This is mostly true in a lot of cases but it is more easily observable through how you identify your other friends and social circle. You and your best friend typical use similar parameter to describe which one is the best and what’s the worst.
  12. When you realize what irks your friend the most, the friendship is strong. Find out what your best friend is irritated by to make the relationship even stronger. Take the ‘if-then’ approach: figure out how your friend might react in different situations. This is as important as you figuring out what they prefer the most.
  13. Even before they can walk or talk, babies can easily recognize friendship. Researchers at the University of Chicago conducted a study and discovered that babies do understand social relationships including friendships and they do this before they can do anything else such as walking or talking. Infants are in fact capable of making inferences about the status of a pair of persons by watching them interact with each other.

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