Friendship is an important part of life. Our friends are there to support us, love us and have fun with us. I personally believe that it is the QUALITY of our FRIENDSHIPS rather than the QUANTITY that is important. When we are young we feel we need to be surrounded by many friends, we are judged by the number of friends we have on Facebook or what our social plans are for the weekend.
As we mature, we realise that from this larger group of friends only a small number will become lifelong friends. Our lives take different paths and we grow and change.
Did you realise that our Friendships can have a long term affect on our Health? And it isn’t always good.
I recently read an article http://www.thelittlemommy.com/self-improvement/types-of-friends-why-you-need-them-all/ which talked about the different kinds of friends we can have in our circle.
It started me thinking that sometimes our friendships are NOT SO GOOD FOR US and can be TOXIC.
You know the friend who is controlling or pushes their opinions too strongly or the ‘fairweather’ friend who suddenly goes MIA when you need them the most OR the friend that is constantly trying to pull you down.
Toxic friendships can sometimes be difficult to leave but like all bad relationships there comes a time when you have to stand up and make decisions that are RIGHT FOR YOU!YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT TOXIC PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL SURVIVE AND BE HAPPY!Click To Tweet
Being surrounded by people who are negative or critical of you will affect your mindset. You lose self-confidence and you don’t feel good about yourself. You need to surround yourself with people who love and support you for WHO YOU ARE and are a positive influence in your life.
Okay enough of the negatives about friendship. Friendship can be a wonderful, positive relationship which adds to the richness of our lives. Our friends can provide a circle of love and support, fun and laughter. These kinds of friendships are important for our health and well-being.
They say ‘you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends’ – so make the right choice for you. Unlike family, friends don’t have to be in your life they CHOOSE to be.
What type of friend are you?
Join me tomorrow for ‘G’ is for Gratitude – Why being grateful is good for our health