Tara Parker-Pope
2 minute read
4 Nov 2019
5:02 pm

Friends can change our view of a challenging situation, study suggests

Tara Parker-Pope

Having friends essentially allows us to outsource some of the emotional burdens of daily life.

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How powerful is friendship? Researchers at the University of Virginia wanted to find out whether friendship influences how we approach the challenges of daily life. In an unusual experiment, researchers stood at the base of a steep hill (a 26-degree incline) on the university campus and asked 34 students as they walked by to help them in an experiment. Some students were by themselves, others were walking in pairs. The students were given a backpack filled with weights equal to about 20 percent of their body weight. While they may have had the impression they were going to have to...