Friendship: the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

“old ties of love and friendship”

 Friendships are beautifully diverse, meaning even in our differences we can find common ground with one another. Physical appearances, differences of opinions, political views, tastes, music and more, are not reasons to separate people. Relationships are bigger than that.

The meaning of friendship is different for everyone, and this is why we celebrate it in many different ways. There are low-key ways to celebrate, like simply hanging out with friends or sending a kind text. Or more elaborate ways like hosting parties and exchanging gifts. It can be celebrated anywhere, and in any way you choose.

MAKING FRIENDS

It’s never too late to make new friends, and there are a variety of different ways in which you can form new friendships and make new connections with people from all over the world: –

  • Widen your social circle, and speak with friends of friends
  • Make new relationships at work – colleagues can be friends too!
  • Have that ‘over the garden fence’ chat with your neighbour
  • Get involved in community activities
  • Take up a new hobby, or attend a class
  • Volunteer
  • Join online forums
  • Play online games
  • Acquire a pen pal

And many more…

THE BEAUTY OF FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is realising you’re on a journey with someone while enjoying it together, supporting each other, and providing comfort and unconditional love. Friends boost our optimism, confidence, and willingness to try new things, and doing nice things together can make life seem much more enjoyable.

FRIENDSHIP BY NUMBERS

  • 22% –the percentage of people who live longer if they have a close friendship network.
  • 9 months –the age at which babies start recognising friendships.
  • 36% – the percentage of people who quit a habit if their friends quit it too.
  • 7 times –the likelihood of a person being more productive at work if their close friend works there too.
  • 57% –the percentage of teens who make a close friend online.

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