The conventional wisdom is that good friendships enhance an individual’s sense of happiness and overall well-being. But a number of solid studies support the notion that strong social supports improve a woman’s prospects for good health and longevity. Conversely, we see that loneliness and lack of social supports link to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections, and cancer as well as higher mortality rates. It is termed that friendship networks a behavioral vaccine that protects both physical and mental health.
While there is an impression that link friendship and health status, the precise reasons for this connection are still far from clear. The links that explains the friendship healthy includes: 1) good friends encourage their friends to lead more healthy lifestyles; 2) good friends encourage their friends to seek help and access services, when needed; 3) good friends enhance their friends’ coping skills in dealing with illness and other health problems; and 4) good friends actually affect physiological pathways that are protective of health.
The friend’s qualities sought in friendships relation: 1) Trust: This word is important in a relation with a friend, means that you can confess something to your friend without thinking that this person will repeat what you said to her or to him. 2) Loyalty: In a friend relationship, men and women seek people who are loyal. The loyalty can be defined by these words faithfulness, devotion to a person. Men and women expect from their friend to be present for them when they need them. For example, to be loyal means to be present when your friend is in a bad situation such as a death in their family. 3) Sense of humor: Generally when you are with your friend you like to stay with them because they know how to comfort you when you are not in a good mood and to know what to do or to say to make you smile.
The main factors in creation of friendship in accord to women include: 1) Proximity 2) Communication 3) Affection. Women need to be close to their friends. They need to have a regular contact with them. Women feel closer to their friends than men do. Women like to communicate to share their life with their friends. They share more than men do. They can talk during hours and hours. They also like to show what they feel for their friend by hugging them. They touch them when they talk with them. The body language is very important during the conversation for women and it is a sign of affection.
The main factors in creation of friendship in accord to men include: 1) Common interests 2) Affection. Men build their relation through the interests they have with other persons. Generally when you ask two friends what they like to do, the answer will be the same for both. They like to share activities as watching a football game or drink lime water. Men also accord importance to affection in relationship with their friends but in a different way that women do. Indeed, men show affective by sharing activities and exchange favors.
The gender difference differs also in their expectation, acceptance and avoidance. Men accept the competition and even if they lose they stay friends without any resentment. For example they like to play cards and deal money. On the contrary, they avoid personal discussion or showing their weaknesses. For men, it is not acceptable to show that they have weaknesses because they will feel vulnerable.
Women, generally speaking, avoid to compete with their friends because almost all of them, when they lose, they develop a bad feeling. Women expect from their friends to be around them to listen carefully to them when they talk.