COURTESY OF GUEST BLOGGER: Nic East, Jim Thorpe Artist & Co-Owner of Hill Home Forge B&B www.niceastdesign.com
In our Human social culture almost all of us tend to interact. A big part of our socialization consists of friendly relationships. Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is based upon trust.
Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an simple association, which is thought to be more “arms length” or businesslike. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Many academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity (transactional) theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles such as infatuation. A World Happiness Database study found that people sharing close friendships are happier.