This fact sheet describes the importance of friendship and what makes a good friendship. The fact sheet also points out the differences among women's, men's and older adults' friendship, indicating that older adults' friendship is probably the most important, especially concerning loneliness and isolation. The physical benefits of friendship include a decreased risk for disease and death. The emotional benefits include reducing the strain of daily hassle, adjusting better to life changes, and relieving depression. While not specifically focused on marriages, the information regarding resolving friendship may be applied to couples.
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The Magic of Friendship, Part I: Health.