Acts of friendship can create a lot of good

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am a student in Greenwich and almost every day, I see children in school sitting by themselves at lunch, feeling very dismal. We should never let this happen.

If we become friends with anyone who is alone or feeling down, it would make their day. Also, doing this one small act of kindness will make a difference in everybody’s lives.

Befriending someone will increase your health. A study conducted by the Center of Aging Studies at Flinders University in Australia followed almost 1,500 people for about 10 years. The results showed that people who had a lot of friends outlived those who had the fewest friends by an amazing 22%. The authors thought that this happened because friends help discourage unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and heavy drinking. Also, having friends can ward off depression, help boost self-esteem, and provide lots of support.

Becoming someone’s friend can give you vital life skills or “the very ability one generally needs to be successful in life” from 15 Reasons We Need Friends. It can help you have a sharper mind and be more wary of what is around you. Also, having friends gets you to know yourself better.

Friends can bring out the best in you. You can learn and see your great qualities and your not so great qualities. It helps you reach your goals more. Friends help motivate you to reach and soar. I know my friends help me when I want to achieve something.

“Relationships help people feel that they’re worthy, that they are capable, that they can set goals and accomplish them, and that they can control their life,” says Toni Antonucci, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Having friends can boost your self esteem and make you feel you can do anything. They will help you no matter what, through everything.

Befriending someone who is on their own is very important. We should always make sure to sit with someone who is sitting by themselves or help someone when they are sad and alone. Doing this will change their lives for the better.

Maya Shah
Greenwich

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