So consistent is the data that Harvard’s School of Public Health has recently opened a Centre for Health and Happiness to study the link between mental wellness – including optimism, connectedness and purposefulness – and better health. The center’s co-director, Dr. Viswanath, looks to map out the nuances of happiness and its ensuing vitality. He is especially interested in the significant correlation between friendships – which he terms “social capital” – and our well-being.
This positive connection is probably not news to any of us who have experienced that feeling of well-being after time spent with good friends.
Still, basing our well-being on finding, making and keeping friends can be shaky ground. Friends can become “frenemies” and we may be placed in circumstances – job or school relocation – where old companions fall away and new ones are needed.Continue Reading