If nobody smiled and nobody cared
And nobody helped us along,
If every moment looked after itself
And good things always went to the strong;
If nobody cared just a little ‘bout you
And nobody cared about me,
And we stood alone, in the battle of life,
What a dreary old world this would be.
Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made
And the things which in common we share
We want to live on, not because of ourselves
But because of the people who care.
It is doing and giving for somebody else
On which all of life’s splendor depends.
The joy of this world, when you’ve summed it all up
Is found in the making of friends.
Nothing like a good friend. :-)
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our wellbeing. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%!
In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, and pray for each other in the tough moments.
-Submitted by Peter Laurin in Hope International Newsletter, Issue 23
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