Why researchers say close friendships are key to good health – CBC

Reestablishing connections severed during the pandemic is beneficial

Feb 24, 2023

Reaching out to a friend you haven’t seen that much over the past three years may actually be beneficial to your health, according to Canadian researchers.

But it’s something that could take extra effort after everything we’ve been through during the pandemic. Many people went through major upheavals in their lives while having to isolate themselves at home, cut off from friends and family when they needed them most.

That was the case for Kathryn Boyd. She broke up with her partner and moved to a different Toronto neighbourhood, and as a single mom to a teenage boy, her time was limited.

Although she still had friends she could call, she got out of the habit of regularly seeing people, and that put a strain on her mental health.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/friendship-good-for-health-1.6756951

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