Excerpted from realage.com
Can you name three close friends that you see regularly? If you can't, you're not alone. Twenty years ago, each American had about three close confidants; today, we average about two. That doesn't bode well for long-term health and well-being. Is your world getting smaller? Give -- and get -- the gift of friendship this year. Grab a plate of goodies, head next door, and say, "Hi."
Cell phones, e-mail, and text messaging let you reach out to anyone, anywhere, anytime. But despite being better connected, Americans have fewer confidants to turn to when they need help, advice, or just a willing ear and an open mind. So nurture the friendships you have, and work toward building new relationships. You'll be doing a good thing for yourself -- and your new friends. A supportive social circle can make you years younger by acting as a shield against the aging effects of stress.