Good Friends Are Good for You

Just Between Friends

Research: Human friendships based on genetic similarities beyond the superficial

The Importance of Friendship

5 Things You Can Learn About Friendship From Oprah and Gayle

Friendship Quotes



Can Men and Women Be Just Friends? | The Science of Love (subtitled)

The Importance of Friends for Women Over 60


Discussion Questions

  • Who is/are your best friend(s)?  Why are you so close? In what ways are you similar or different?
  • What do you think are the most important ingredients of a lasting friendship?
  • How long does it take to become a ‘best’ friend?
  • How would you categorize your different groups of friends?
  • What are the most enjoyable or meaningful things you do with your close friends?
  • What’s the difference between old friends and new friends?
  • Do you enjoy the process of making new friends? Do you think you make new friends easily?
  • Do you argue with your friends sometimes? What about?
  • Have you ever been betrayed by a friend?  Have you ever betrayed a friend?
  • What do you remember about your elementary school friendships? high school? university?
  • What do you think is different about friendships among men, among women, and between the two?
  • How does having a boyfriend or girlfriend affect your friendships?
  • How would you describe the difference in your feelings for friends vs. your feelings for family?
  • Do you think there are cultural variables to friendship?  How is friendship someone from your culture different from a friendship between someone who is not?