Friends have always been important to me, as I’m sure they’ve been important to you, too.
However, as I approached 50 and put together my Margie Project, I realized that friendship was becoming even more important than I had previously thought. I wondered why that was true. So, as usual, I decided to do some research.
One of the most intriguing things I learned, reported by AARP.org, was this:
In a 2017 Michigan State study of over 270,000 adults, a key takeaway was that as we get older our friends begin to have a bigger impact on our health and well-being, even more than our families.
Wow! That got my attention!
I started digging into more research about friendship and found this little gem, a quote I’d heard before, from Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur. But it didn’t sink in until now:
David Burkus, author, speaker, and business school professor, provided an update to Rohn’s concept, based on new studies:
“You’re not the average of the FIVE people you surround with. It’s way bigger than that. You’re the average of all the people who surround you. So take a look around and make sure you’re in the right surroundings.”
– David Burkus
When I processed that information, I had an “Aha!” Moment. I realized that, while having friends after 50 is vitally important, what is just as important is the quality of those friendships.
Bottom Line: The friends you spend time with have a huge influence on you.
I started thinking about the types of friends I had. Were they really helping me lead my best life? I wasn’t sure.
That’s when I began researching different types of friends. I looked up studies, articles, and got input from 50+ women in my mermaid group.
When I put it all together, it became very clear to me that this would not only be helpful to me, but also to other 50+ women.
So without further ado …