February is International Friendship month – a time to celebrate the spirit of friendship and companionship. Even as a self-described introvert who so values her alone time, I value my time with friends. And, it turns out, friendships are good for my health. I’ve come to realize I would not be as happy in life it was not for my best friend who supports me through all my ups and downs and always knows exactly what I need in the moment.

Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent isolation and loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also:

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