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Making new friends enriches our lives and improves our health and wellbeing.

Confidence booster

Good friendships improve our sense of self-worth by providing essential back-up. Holistic health, wellbeing and personal development expert Rebecca Kelly says: “Having good friends on whom we can rely for advice helps improve our self-confidence and enables us to make better decisions for our lives.”

Stress buster

 The bonds of friendship help us give and receive essential mental and physical support.

“We can share our problems and receive input from another which takes us beyond the boundaries of our own knowledge. This enables us to see things from a different perspective,” explains Rebecca.

Positive change

Our friends can help us to change unhealthy behaviours which might be holding us back. “When we have others in our lives they can model new ways of being,” says Rebecca. “This enables us to see the possibility of doing something in a different way, to strive to do better and change unhealthy habits.”

Tribal living

Finding your ‘tribe’ creates feelings of participation, inclusion, and a sense of community. “Creating a bond with another enables a meaningful connection, someone to trust and count upon,” says Rebecca.

Self-awareness

Making new friends helps us to become more aware of who we are. “To enable the connection with another we first have to be connected with ourselves,” Rebecca believes. “The connection with ourselves is the foundation to enable a greater connection and friendship with others.”

Rebecca Kelly is founder of holistic therapy centre, Haelan Therapy (haelantherapy.co.uk).

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