Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of friendship and social networks in overall health.” says an article published in the New York Times some time ago.

The articles cites several studies that indicate that strong social ties could promote brain health as we get older.

A professor of sociology, Rebecca G. Adams, is of the opinion that friendship has more impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships.

Readers may be wondering why I am rambling on about friends and friendship, today. The reason is that yesterday I attended a Bloggers’ Lunch for the very first time!

 When I started blogging a year ago, I had no idea of the wonderful friends I would meet here. But in the past year, I have gained many friends whose friendship I value very much. And I was fortunate to meet four of them yesterday!

We were five bloggers from Mumbai at the lunch. The other four, as well as a blogger friend of theirs from Pune, had met before a couple of times. So they already knew each other.

However, even though I was meeting them for the first time, since I ‘knew’ them already through their blogs, I felt as though I was catching up with old friends!

For a wonderful account of the historical meeting, do read this post by Ugich Konitari on her blog, Gappa!