Friendship is a key to living a long, healthy life. Here’s how to make and sustain them in middle age


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In many ways, it’s easier to make friends when you’re a child, as kids meet in the classroom, on the playground, or through a recreational sports team—the opportunities seem endless. 

Fast-forward to adulthood, when forging platonic relationships becomes trickier than finding a like-minded pal to play tag with at recess. Sure, there might be your post-grad roommates or close colleagues, but at some point, maintaining friendships takes a backseat. 

Many middle-aged adults are essentially swimming against the tide trying to keep up with caregiving and job responsibilities and find one day that they haven’t prioritized new friendships or nourished old ones. 

“As we approach middle age, we have found ourselves busy,” says Dr. Marc Schulz, coauthor of The Good Life and associate director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. “Some people wake up and realize that they really need to rebuild their friendship connections…a lot of their social connections may revolve just around work, or just around other sorts of activities that their kids do.” 

Older adults may also grieve the loss of past friendships, making them fearful and closed off to new opportunities, says Dr. Nina Vasan, a psychiatrist and the chief medical officer at Real, a mental health support app. 



Feeling lonely can harm people’s physical and mental health as they age.  Flashpop—Getty Images



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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. J M Negi
    Mar 18, 2023 @ 04:08:54

    Great read.



    • Mohenjo
      Mar 18, 2023 @ 23:34:29

      Thanks, friends are great all through this journey called life. Stop by again.

      Liked by 1 person


      • J M Negi
        Mar 19, 2023 @ 00:43:46

        Sure, dear. Most welcome, too.


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