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On inching closer when you’ve grown apart.

Friendships are vital to our health and well-being. Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed responses from over 270, 000 people in nearly 100 countries and concluded that as we age, friendships are more influential than family ties in their effect on our health and happiness. Other studies have found that our immune systems and longevity benefit from strong social ties. And yet we don’t have anything like a user manual for something so important—and fragile. Bonds forged over decades can

  • Words:
    Tim Hornyak
  • Photograph:
    Emma Le Doyen

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