Today is World Friendship Day! Why Maintaining Close Friendships Can Lead to Better Health

Have you hugged a friend today? Well even if they are not in close physical proximity for a hug, make sure you reach out in some way, because today is World Friendship Day! It is also called International Day of Friendship as recognized by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on July 30, 2011. This global awareness campaign hopes to confront some of the world’s most dire challenges such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses, through friendship, which the UN describes as the simplest form of human solidarity.

On a more personal level, the Mayo Clinic explains that friendships can improve your health and enrich your life by:

  • Increasing your sense of belonging and purpose.
  • Boosting your happiness and reducing your stress.
  • Improving your self-confidence and self-worth.
  • Helping you to cope with traumas.
  • Encouraging you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits.

One way to celebrate World Friendship Day is to encourage your friends to have an annual physical. You may walk-in to any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, or you may schedule an appointment by visiting our website at, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.