We think that if we can just find that right person, we’ll be happy and fulfilled.

But research shows that friends are actually even more important to our psychological welfare.

Friendships have a huge impact on your health and happiness.

Being there for your friends makes you feel needed and adds purpose to your life.

Technology has shifted the definition of friendship in recent years.

The most important thing in a friendship is how the relationship makes you feel—not how it looks on paper, how many things you have in common, or what others think.

Ask yourself: The bottom line: if the friendship feels good, it is good.

Friends bring more happiness into our lives than virtually anything else.

Developing close friendships can also have a powerful impact on your physical health.

If you’re not genuinely interested in the other person, then stop trying to connect. Switch off your smart phone, avoid other distractions, and make an effort to truly listen to the other person.

By paying close attention to what they say, do, and how they interact, you’ll quickly get to know them.

So make it a priority to stay in touch in the real world, not just online.

As friendship works both ways, a friend is also someone you feel comfortable supporting and accepting, and someone with whom you share a bond of trust and loyalty.

Little things go a long way, such as remembering someone’s preferences, the stories they’ve told you, and what’s going on in their life.