Friendship Articles in the News

Your brain reveals who your friends are: Study illustrates how similar neural responses predict friendships   Medical Express - January 30, 2018
The researchers found that you can predict who people are friends with just by looking at how their brains respond to video clips. Friends had the most similar neural activity patterns, followed by friends-of-friends who, in turn, had more similar neural activity than people three degrees removed (friends-of-friends-of-friends).

10 Science-Backed Ways Your Best Friend Improves Your Life   Huffington Post - June 8, 2016

The truth is there's no one quite like your BFF - and apparently science agrees. We rounded up just some of the proven ways your friends affect your life. Check them out below (then go hug your bestie).
1. Best friends reduce stress.
2. They make you feel a sense of belonging.
3. They help you manage health issues.
4. Friends can help you live longer.
5. They push you to practice more self-acceptance.
6. Honest conversations with them can improve your wellbeing.
7. They make difficult challenges seem less daunting.
8. BFFs call you out on your wrongdoings.
9. They improve your attitude at work.
10. They genuinely make you a happier human.

The Trouble With Being Friends With People Who Work For You   CNN - January 26, 2015
Should a boss be friends with his or her employees? -- Treating employees like pals didnÕt always work out for Steve CarrellÕs Michael Scott character on The Office, but you can be friends with people who work for you - if you set boundaries.

How To Work Out With A Friend Without Ruining Your Relationship   Huffington Post - January 26, 2015

Many of us have that friend, the one who is always rushing off to the gym, heading out for a run, just getting home from yoga -- and always inviting you to come along. Before you begrudge her for trying, let's give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she's not trying to make you feel lazy, but instead genuinely excited to share her passion for fitness with a friend. It's not unheard of, after all. Working out with a pal is essentially multi-tasking: You get to fit in your fitness while catching up, and for many, it's a source of motivation and a built-in accountability method.

5 Reasons Why A Few Close Friends Will Always Mean More Than Any Number Of Superficial Ones   Bustle - January 20, 2015
Social media encourages us to think about friendship in terms of quantity rather than quality. If youÕre concerned about your social life, you can just pop on over to Facebook and find out how many friends you have. If you have lots of friends - hurray! - then you must be a happy, well-adjusted person, right? And if you donÕt have a lot of friends - well, IÕm sorry, but IÕm just going to have to assume that you are a one-eyed octopedal mutant incapable of communicating with humanoid life forms. ThatÕs how it works, right? A greater number of friends equals increased quality of social life?

5 Secrets Of People With Lifelong Friends   Huffington Post - October 15, 2014

They keep their expectations in check.
They're adaptable.
They make time for each other.
They appreciate just how unusual it is to have a lifelong bond.
They know not to hold on to a friendship just for the sake of it.

Friendship may have a genetic component   PhysOrg - January 18, 2011
Genetic similarities were not always noticeable among friends who have activities in common such as playing musical instruments or running marathons, but the researchers said genetic similarities have been found in the past in couples, where people have been shown to avoid prospective mates who are susceptible to the same diseases. The other four genetic markers of the six they looked at showed no strong relationship among friends.

Genes may play role in friends we choose, says study   BBC - January 17, 2011
Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship. Using data from two independent studies, they found carriers of one gene associated with alcoholism tended to stick together. However, people with another gene linked with metabolism and openness, stayed apart.

We are friendlier to people who resemble us - March 8, 2009
We feel more altruistic to those who resemble us because in the past our early ancestors assumed that they were related, according to the study. The instinct dates back to when there were no mirrors and people could learn what their kin looked like only by inspecting the faces of household members. The study, published in Biology Letters, even found that we were more naturally drawn to people who looked like us than our own relatives, if the resemblance was strong enough.

The researchers came to the conclusion after a study of 70 identical adult twins who, although genetically the same, had over the years grown to look different from each other. Then they manipulated the photographs of the participants by digitally mixing them with a model's face so that the images would either resemble them or their co-twin. Then they asked each one who they would prefer to rescue from danger and which one they would prefer a different sex sibling to marry. In each case, the person most resembling themselves was preferred almost two thirds of the time - significantly higher than being down to chance alone. Dr Paola Bressan, of the University of Padova, Italy, said: "Our work shows a stranger who resembles us elicits pro-social regard more than a stranger who resembles a close family member - even one as close as our identical twin, who is, incidentally, genetically identical."