How appropriate for TIME to write about the importance of FRIENDS today… as I’m remembering my dearest bestest friend who passed away so unexpectedly five-years ago today. Miss you everyday Jo.
– J. Ela
“Having a friend you see on most days is the happiness equivalent of an extra 100K a year.”
We take friends for granted. As we raise families we neglect friends. We don’t put in the effort to make and keep friends.
And the problem is growing. In 1985 most people said they had 3 close friends. In 2004 the most common number was zero.
In a survey given in 1985, people were asked to list their friends in response to the question “Over the last six months, who are the people with whom you discussed matters important to you?” The most common number of friends listed was three; 59 percent of respondents listed three or more friends fitting this description. The same survey was given again in 2004. This time the most common number of friends was zero
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