Friendships are golden. Socializing and spending time with good friends leave you better equipped to cope with life’s challenges and is a great outlet for stress. It reinforces your support system giving you a stronger feeling of self-worth, security and emotional resilience. The good habits of your friends can rub off on you too. Studies have shown that women whose close friends had healthy habits like exercise and eating healthy foods were more likely to take up those habits themselves. Watch out, unhealthy habits are just as likely to rub off on you too! When life gets busy and hectic social outings are among the first things people drop. One tip is to involve friends in the activities and to-dos you have like shopping errands, go to a farmer’s market together. Or exercise together. Still can’t get around to it? Pick up the phone and call your friend.