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Studies in friendship

Published 06/20/2009, The Jamestown Sun

The success of “The Girls from Ames,” the best-selling book about the 40-year friendship of a group of women originally from Iowa, has prompted a spate of national news stories about the importance of friendship to emotional and physical well-being. One study shows that if you have lots of friends you’re likely to live longer, while another concludes that friends help slow memory loss (boy, do we hope that’s true!).

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