No matter how much you may love your significant other, there’s really nothing like the relationship you have with your best friend, and a new study suggests that tight bond you have with your childhood BFF is actually good for your mental health.
A study out of University of Virginia questioned 169 subjects at age 15, 16 and again at 25, looking at their overall mental health. At the younger ages, participants were asked to identify their best friend and then both were interviewed. By the last questioning at 25 they discovered that those with a more close relationship with that BFF when they were young showed fewer signs of depression, had lower anxiety and even increased self-worth.
And the study also showed that being popular isn’t necessarily that important, as it’s more beneficial to have a few close friends than a lot of friends. Those more concerned about being popular showed higher rates of social anxiety in their youth.
Source: New York Post