Friendship Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

Friendship is powerful — everything from pop culture tells us so. But how powerful is it? Turns out that friendship has all sorts of properties, that include making you healthier, increasing your self-awareness and helping you accomplish way more. Here are all the ways science proves that friendship really is magic.

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The ability to predict friends based on DNA is an aspect I had not considered, but if we hope to use DNA for determining various health risks…

The aspect I didn’t catch in the article was the impact of rivals.  Sometimes friendly competitive people, sometimes not so friendly.  I remember chatting with someone who thought that Augustus could not have become the ruler he was without Mark Antony as a rival.  A more recent example would be James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Similarly, I encountered someone in my swim lane who was definitely faster than us and body language was clear – they did not think well of me.  They’d do things like surge ahead, sometimes leaving myself to lead the rest of the group, take little to no break, or even start the drill early.  But I found that it took some effort, but I was able to draft and worked to improve as the drill distances also got longer.  The rival didn’t get anything out of it, but I did – I saw that I was capable of doing more but hadn’t been getting feedback from coaches to push me.  Similarly, I have cyclists I look to for various aspects from which to learn and strive to challenge.  No such luck in running currently, but eventually.