A study has found that, as we age, friends are more important for our health and happiness than family.
This is not to say that having good relationships with family isn’t beneficial, but researchers found that it was having good friendships that had the biggest effect on overall well-being. "Friendships become even more important as we age," said William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.
"Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being. So it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest."