They say birds of a feather flock together, and it’s not untrue; studies show that we tend to gravitate toward similarly minded people in a subconscious attempt to stay with the familiar. But it’s only when interacting with others that you yourself become more open-minded and well-rounded, and even gain qualities you originally didn’t possess. Whether you’re single and can learn some tips from a married couple on their way to their golden anniversary (50 years), or you’re thinking about having children and have a friend who just happily welcomed her third, having friends in other life stages can offer fresh perspectives that make the mysterious puzzle of life a little easier to figure out. Here are a few benefits to striking a different chord.
How do your diverse friendships enhance your life?
This post was originally published on May 16, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.