Ancient philosophers and scientists agree: strong social ties are the KEY to happiness. You need close, long-term relationships; you need to be able to confide in others; you need to belong; you need to get and give support. Studies show that if you have five or more friends with whom to discuss an important matter you're far more likely to describe yourself as "very happy."
Not only does having strong relationships make it far more likely that you take joy in life, but studies show that it also lengthens life (incredibly, even more than stopping smoking), boosts immunity, and cuts the risk of depression.
"Okay, okay," you're thinking, "I get it -- but it's not that easy to make new friends." Here are some strategies to try, if you're eager to make friends but are finding it tough:
1. Show up. Just as Woody Allen said that "Eighty percent of success is showing up," a big part of friendship is showing up. Whenever you have the chance to see other people, take it. Go toRead More »from Seven Tips for Making New Friends.