Why Friendships Are So Important

Published: March 3, 2011 | Last Updated: March 3, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

I was delighted to talk with my friend and colleague, Sheryl Kraft, a contributing writer for HealthyWomen.org about the importance of friendship in our lives. I hope you’ll take a look at the online interview!


Sheryl writes:


"My friendships have always sustained me. I need my friends; I’d like to think they need me, too. In fact, they rank as high on the importance scale as do my husband and children. Yes, a lot of energy goes into my friendships-both passion and pain. Yet I have no doubt that this is a near-universal experience.It’s no wonder Aristotle said: ‘Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.’


Along with the sustenance friends provide are other emotions they trigger. And those emotions are a mixed bag. Joy comes with startling grief, as in the time I ushered my two best friends through breast cancer in the course of five years, only to be utterly consumed with heartache and disbelief when they both died. That gaping hole in my life, though a bit smaller with time, still remains; I suspect it always will."


Click here to read the entire discussion between Sheryl and me.




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  1. anny says:

    i think friends are so important to me and otheer people well llike 10% of other people

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t agree with what Sheryl says.
    I’d like to think that my friends need me too
    One should never think like that. It may be possible that you consider someone to be your friend but they don’t have the same feelings towards you. Knwing it, you should not leave them but try to get closer to them using tactics here doe snot amount to any mischief. It is a way of getting closer to your friend.

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