Everybody likes friends, right? I know I couldn’t live without the ones I grew up with, even if I don’t get to see them too often anymore!
Ever wonder why that is? Well they have super smart PHDs working on it. I haven’t read her book yet, but the article really interesting!
“One of the most important and yet least understood areas of psychology concerns the role of friends in our lives. In my own writing on adult development and aging(link is external), I have constantly felt frustrated about the relative lack of research on this topic under the category of close relationships in middle and later life. Most of the research on friendshipconcerns children and adolescents, and only rarely do researchers seriously address friendships over the latter (and majority) of the lifespan. Fortunately, author Carlin Flora(link is external)’s new book, Friendfluence(link is external), addresses this much-needed gap. She pulls together the available and wide-ranging academic literature on friendship with personal insights and interviews, exploring all aspects of friendship in a thoughtful and engaging way.
If you ever had any doubts that friends are one of the most important, if least understood, aspects of life, Flora will convince you. When it comes to happiness, your friends are the key.
1. Friendfluence affects you in more ways than you realize. Flora made up the word “friendfluence” to capture the effect that friends have on our lives: “Friendfluence is the powerful and often unappreciated role that friends—past and present—play in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives”…”