This past weekend I attended my first wedding as an adult, having the honor of seeing one of my dearest friends from high school marry the love of her life. It was a day filled with smiles, happy tears and lots of new memories made with old friends.
The latter was my favorite part of the weekend as I was able to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen since our high school graduation in May of 2010. It was as if nothing ever separated us in the first place. We instantly re-connected, bonding over our new “big kid” jobs and life after college, updating the group on what was going on in our lives since the last time we were all together.
After five long hours in the car making our way to the venue, the dance floor was calling our name. All night long we danced, laughed and just enjoyed each other’s company while celebrating two of our friends starting their lives together. You name it we rocked it— the electric slide, cotton eyed Joe, cupid shuffle, etc. It was so much fun to let loose and celebrate the bride and groom.
It was one of those feel-good nights I will always cherish.
According to a recent study by the Personality and Social Psychology Review friendships and relationships with others help people cope with stress and adversity, but also to learn and grow and explore and achieve goals and cultivate new talents, as per Brooke Feeney, lead author and a social psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon in a Huffington Post article on friends and how they affect your health.
There’s truly nothing better in life, and I’m blessed to have great friendships that, no matter how long we have gone without seeing or speaking to each other, nothing ever changes. That, in my opinion, is what friendship is all about. Friends are not only good for your emotional well-being but also your physical well-being.