I'm that girl- always have been. Not sure if it's due to growing up as an only child, moving mulitple times in my life, or what, but I've always been really good at holding onto friends and keeping in touch. I'm the one who organizes the reunion trips of my high school friends, knows what is going on with everyone, and makes the effort of visiting my friends who have moved across the country (or even out of the country). My friends are my family- and apparently that is a healthy way to live! According to the above article- making and keeping long lasting friendships helps you live a healthier, longer life. Correlations between a shrinking social network and mortality rates increasing have been shown; and companionship has been proven to ward off depression, boost self esteem, and can help you cope with stress in more efficient ways. So make sure, as the years roll by and one week turns into the next, you take the time out of your busy schedule to reconnect and keep up with old friends as well as establish new friendships.