10 Science-Backed Ways Your Best Friend Improves Your Life

June 8, 2016 10:00 AM

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No one knows you better than your best friend -- that includes your flaws. But while you tend to beat yourself down about them, your BFF lifts you up in spite of them. That kind of support is crucial when it comes to expressing compassion and love toward yourself and others.

“Real friends naturally boost your self-esteem,” Robert Rowney, a certified psychiatrist and the director of the Cleveland Clinic mood disorder unit, previously told The Huffington Post. “And in turn, helping out a good friend [in this way] can help you feel better about yourself as well.”

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