Good friends are good for your health.
In celebration of international friendship day lets remind ourselves of the wonderful benefits of friendships. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times, prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too.
Increase your sense of belonging and purpose in life
Boost your happiness and reduce your stress or anxiety
Improve your self-confidence and let you see your self-worth
Helping you cope with traumas and lifes struggles, such as illness, divorce or relationship breakdown, job loss or the death of a loved one
They encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits.
There to listen when you need to be heard
Good friends are loyal and accept you for who you are without judgement. They are honest enough to tell you when you're not being a good friend yourself and need to step back. Other features of a good friends is loyalty, honesty, and kindness and most people want friends who are trustworthy.
Foreign words for emotions linked to friendships.
Koi no yokan (Japanese.) coy no yo - can
When you know you’re going to fall in love with the stranger you just met.
Dadirri. (Australian Aboriginal Ngangiwumirr)
The act of deep and kind listening to someone, feeling totally heard and supported.
Pride and joy you feel when someone else succeeds.
Cwtch. (Welsh.) Kutch
The feeling of being safe, as if in a big cuddle.
Engelengeduld. Dutch eng-ellen- ge – dull’d
Literally, having the patience of an angel.
That feeling you get when someone is so cute that you just want to squish them because
they are just TOO CUTE.
A chuisle. (Gaelic - Irish) ah chooo-sa
The love you feel for someone who you are so close to, they feel like your very own heartbeat. (If you ever watched Clint Eastwoods Million Dollar Baby film about boxing with Hilary Swank, you’ll hear Clints character call Hilarys character his mo chuisle.)
Opia. (English new.)
That slightly awkward but intense feeling you get when someone is giving you some serious eye contact.
Chipe. Spanish (Guatamalan.)
Jealousy that someone you love is being paying attention to someone else.
Wanting someone to look after you or meet your needs without you having to ask them to.
S’apprivoiser. (French.) sa preev -wa- se
Literally, ‘to tame’ or to finally feel trust in someone after not trusting them at all.
Vakasteglok. (Mwotlap – Vanatu Island)
The feeling of wanting to care for your parents because they took care of you, owing your elders.
Greng Jai (Thai.)
Having to ask someone for help but you really, really don’t want to because it feels difficult to admit you need help.
Ilunga. (Tshiluba - Bantu - Democratic Republic of Congo.)
Feeling like you’ll forgive this person once, maybe even twice, but definitely not a third time!
Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego in Chile S.America) mah-mee-la-pin-yata-pie
Feeling so comfortable where you are that you silently hope whoever you are hanging out with will get up and do the job you are avoiding.
Imasuugtua. (Alutiiq Alaska Eskimo.) Im-ah-sooog-twa
The feeling of being empty and searching for what should be inside you, literally searching for the ocean within you.
Backpfeifengesicht (German) Back-fi-fen-ge-sisht
Literally, ‘face in need of a fist’ being really angry with someone.
Oodal (Tamil – Sri Lanka)
The exaggerated fake anger you show a loved one when you’ve argued and sorted it out but
you’re not ready to make up yet.
Creative Wellness Journey is proud to celebrate friends from all around the world
What makes a true friend?
All Aboard the ship of friends! - Friends Ship!!
A true friend is a friend who you standby consistently both when you are with them or not. They are authentic and honest with you and can read you without words. https://www.creativewellnessjourney.co.uk/post/all-aboard-the-ship-of-friends-friends-ship
Appreciate Genuine Friendships
To believe best friends are special people in your life so why restrict this to one is amazing. In the words of Sean Bean a Sheffield legend......
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