Why is friendship a powerful force in life?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In life, friendship for women truly is a lifesaver with research showing that women's friends extend the length and quality of life.  Women talk to their friends about important issues, and support each other through life's trials and heartbreak.  For men, their friendships tend to travel more on the surface talking about sports etc. though that is changing.  Men also are beginning to talk to their friends about feelings and gain the support they need.  I think friendship is so powerful because our friends are people who have no obligation to support and love us with all our faults, and yet they do.  They listen to us in both good times and bad, help us figure out which is the right decision, and be our go to person.  Without that support and acceptance, my life would be the poorer.