PEOPLE MAKE THE PLACE

“Residents and staff come from all walks of life, each bringing something unique to the Village. Outside, there is greater Detroit — rich in culture, sports, restaurants, nature. An interesting mix.”
– Barbara HFV resident

Why Friends Matter
A study by Gallup showed if you hang around people having a nutritious and healthy mindset, you are more than five times as likely to have a very healthy diet yourself.

  • Scientists have found that being lonely is more dangerous than air pollution, obesity, or excessive drinking.
  • Individuals who are not lonely have as many problems as lonely people. But when you’re lonely, the problems faced stress you more and for a longer time. People with active social groups are able to move past stress faster. It’s believed that their friends make that possible.
  • When an individual stresses, their friends remind them of their value, giving the person the ability to quickly move out of feeling negative.
    Friendship is the leading factor of happiness.
  • We learn to make friends accidentally. No one, not even our parents, teach us how to do it.

Friendships can’t be looked at as either black or white; either we are best friends forever, or not at all. Holding a hard and fast rule about friendships will hurt you. Try to focus on ranges of friendships from acquaintances, to very casual, to very close. Having a broad and interesting social circle is key to happiness. With casual friends, your investment of time and energy is just smaller, and you share less intimate information.

Learn more about friends and the friendly lifestyle that residents at Henry Ford Village enjoy every day.