In the midst of a summer fling? Have fun, but don’t let your friendships die. Studies show they’re great for you and good for your love life too.
1. You never know when you’ll need them again. A supportive boyfriend can have a greater effect on a young woman’s happiness than her parents or friends can. But, as soon as she’s single again, her friends are what determine how content she is. Boys come and go — keep your girls around to see you through the ups as well as the downs.
2. People rate time with friends as even more fun than time with spouses. That doesn’t mean you should never get married, but it’s a reminder that friends are the best break from the pressures of daily life, whether or not that life includes a husband and kids.