3 Reasons Friendships are Important in Your 40’s

by kellylavieri on September 30, 2015

3 Reasons Friendships are Important in Your 40’s

Good friends are important. By their 40’s, some women have difficulty keeping or making friends for a few reasons, namely that they’ve learned to value quality over quantity when it comes to friendships (which can be both a curse and a blessing!) and that work and family have become high priorities and all else seems to take a back seat. That said, it’s likely that you’ve maintained your closest friendships, and if you haven’t, it’s not too late to venture out to find your tribe. Here are three reasons why doing so is important.

1. They’re Good For Your Health
Good friends are great stress relievers. They’ll offer a shoulder to cry on, can serve as a sounding board when you’re considering big decisions, and join you in celebrating the good times. And what goes around comes around— being a good friend to someone else helps you maintain a empathy and generosity of spirit, and helping someone else through a challenge is often a great way to gain perspective on your own problems. Emotional health is an essential part of overall health.

2. They’re Honest
Your closest friends won’t lie to you when the chips are really down. They know you well enough to know when you’re veering off course, and will find a way to diplomatically tell you so. While this kind of honesty can be bittersweet, the oft-overlooked upside of honest friends is that they know you well enough to truly, deeply know your strengths and the qualities that make you wonderful—and you know them well enough to trust what they’re saying when they point out these attributes. Friends can gently push you to be your best self and remind you when it’s OK to take it easy on yourself, too.

3. They’re Fun
By their 40’s, many women have a stable career and/or family and these often take top billing over everything else in life; friendships can sometimes sit on the backburner. While work and family are rewarding, they can be equally stressful. Friends offer an excuse to let loose and enjoy life. There’s nothing like catching up and laughing with a friend after a long, stressful week (or month—or several months!) with your nose to the grindstone at work and home.

Spending time with friends is always important, but especially so when you’ve got “more important things” to worry about. These are just a few of the many reasons friendships over 40 are essential! What do you love about your close friendships?

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