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According to the American Psychological Association:

People who have friends and close confidants are more satisfied with their lives and less likely to suffer from depression. They’re also less likely to die from all causes, including heart problems and a range of chronic diseases.
When people are low in social connection—because of isolation, loneliness, or poor-quality relationships—they face an increased risk of premature death.
While romance can be a meaningful part of life, the benefits of friendships should not be overlooked. Psychological research suggests that stable, healthy friendships are crucial for our well-being and longevity.
Research suggests that friendships can be made and maintained at any age, relationships with friends can strengthen or stand in for romantic relationships, and even minimal social interactions can be powerful.
Psychological research from around the world shows that having social connections is one of the most reliable predictors of a long, healthy, and satisfying life.
A review of nearly 40 studies found that adult friendships significantly predict well-being and can protect against mental health issues such as depression and anxiety—and those benefits persist across the life span.
Scientists studying friendship have even found similar brain activity among friends in regions responsible for a range of functions, including motivation, reward, identity, and sensory processing.
Having a close friend or confidant is undeniably good for us, but psychologists have found that interactions with acquaintances—and even strangers—can also give our mental health a boost.
Research has found that people who have more weak-tie interactions are happier than those who have fewer and that people tend to be happier on days when they have more than their average number of weak-tie interactions
Given the clear benefits of friendship, psychologists say we should promote platonic social connection across society—including in school, at work, in public spaces (such as on public transportation), and through entertainment.