The importance of Friendship, by Jane Collingwood is an interesting read and should take just three minutes of your valuable time.
“The noble man is most involved with wisdom and friendship.” -Epicurus
There is a vital cause for modern social problems, beyond just divorce, homelessness and obesity-and that is -says the author.
Quoting researchers, the author says that our society is apparently ignoring its importance.
Referring to the Gallup Organization’s director, Tom Rath, the author says that the former 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 reportedly 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.
Rath’s research on ‘Friendship’ reportedly yielded some surprising statistics: If your best friend eats healthily, you are five times more likely to have a healthy diet yourself. Married people say friendship is more than five times as important as physical intimacy within marriage.
Quoting Vernon, the author says, in conclusion, that it is recommended to spend at least a fifth of your time with friends, since a close friend is a mirror of yourself.