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The Importance Of Friendship

Jan 24, 2020

Science in the City

Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around we often hear about relationships. Romantic relationships, primarily. When the hearts and flowers come out, we’re all about those intimate relationships. Hallmark holiday? It doesn’t matter. But this year we invite you to consider another type of relationship. One that could be far more important: friendship.

“I am going to be talking at Pacific Science Center as part of the Science In the City program about whether friendship might be your most essential relationship.”

So says Lydia Denworth, freelance science journalist and author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. She’ll be presenting her findings at PacSci on February 11, 2020.

The point of her presentation is to get people to take another look at friendship. “I think it is a critical relationship that has been hiding in plain sight.” She says most of us tend to put friendship down the list of relationships behind family and romance. But she contends that friendship and social relationships are as important for your health as diet and exercise.

And she has some science to back up her assertions with reams of data from evolutionary biologists, neuroscientists, and cognitive scientists. Since measuring this sort of thing isn’t easy, she says scientists haven’t taken it that seriously. But her new research shows that’s all changed.

This is one very sharp journalist who’s done a lot of research and really knows her subject. Her hope is that we’ll all change the way we look at friendships and realize just how important it is to hang out with those friends. Turns out it’s good for you!

So, mark your calendar for Tuesday evening, February 11, 2020, 7 p.m. at Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater. Our members get in free, just $5 for everyone else. And by all means, bring a friend! You’ll both feel better.

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