Going abroad always promotes that ‘feel-good’ factor, but there is something special about going away with your closest friends.
According to psychologist Dr William Chopik, who is Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, friendships “are a way to derive all the benefits of being in a relationship with someone without the enormity of it.” And going away with friends can play an important role in both physical and mental health.
In his research, Chopik found that while both family and friends contribute to health and happiness, it is the relationships people have with their friends that have the biggest impact on those factors later in life.
“Friendships are really important for people’s happiness,” says Chopik, “These are relationships of choice. You choose to hang out together because you enjoy each other’s company.”