Monday, February 11, 2013

Make New #Friends, Keep the Old

Friendship by NoNo Fera

February 11

Make A New Friend Day

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,

it has no end.
That's how long,
I will be your friend.

A fire burns bright, 

it warms the heart.
We've been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,

I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Silver is precious, 

Gold is too.
I am precious,
and so are you.

You help me, 

and I'll help you 
and together
we will see it through.

The sky is blue

The Earth is green
I can help
to keep it clean

Across the land

Across the sea
Friends forever
We will always be
-Make New Friends Song
Author  Unknown  

Allison Bruning (in the middle) with two of her friends.

All humans are born with the necessity for social interaction. A 2012 UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women found people who had the most friends over a nine year people tend to reduce their risk of death by 60%. Sixty percent! That's huge. Another study found that 72% women who suffer from depression tend to cure their depression just by interacting with their friends. According to Psychology Today, that's the same rate as if the women were on anti-depressants. Need more proof that friendships matter? Check out these websites:

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once said, "In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds."

We've been creating, maintaing and breaking friendships since the beginning of humankind. Making the right connections can propel a person's career while a bad social interaction can break one. Some people have used this knowledge to use people. Yet others have honestly tried to maintain a friendship with people who are in a power of position over them. 

Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites know the power a good friendship can make. Today it is easier to make new friends, reconnect with your old ones and interact with others worldwide. Americans have changed their definitions of what a true friendship is since the launch of Facebook on February 4, 2004. A superficial friendship can quickly become a lifelong one even if you haven't met that person in real life. Sometimes people will venture out just to meet their online friend. While this is great and many people have found their lifelong companion or friends, it can also be dangerous. You just never know if someone is lying about themselves online or not. Yet we would should get paranoid over such things. Just be cautious. 

Has Facebook really changed our definition of friendship? Check out this slideshow to learn more:

Wherever your friends are, cherish them. Don't forget to make new friends and keep the old, wherever they may be in the world.  

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