How Many Friends Do You Need To Be Happy?

Video: We’re social creatures by nature who rely on one another, so we automatically seek out people to create substantial relationships. But how many friends do you need in your life? And how many can you actually have?

In the video above, we go over the basics of friends and happiness, and try to answer some of the questions about how they’re connected. You’ll learn:

  • About Dunbar’s Number, or the maximum number of meaningful, mutual relationships our brain is able to maintain day in and day out.
  • How many close friends or BFFs (spouses included) that you should have.
  • How many people are likely in your inner circle of go-to comrades, like less-close friends and family.
  • How many acquaintances, such as coworkers and friends-of-friends, you can juggle.
  • What makes a strong friendship in the real world (hint: It isn't something that’s easy to do online), and why it makes us feel safe and comfortable.

You may think you can go it alone, but friends, significant others or close relations are a must when it comes to your well being. After all, there’s a reason loneliness doesn’t feel good. It’s your mind and body telling you something.

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