• Vjekoslav Cerovina

Aristotle and the secret of friendship



The friendship. We often take it for granted, but it is actually a very deep relationship between two people and a very important thing in human life.


From time to time, it is not bad to look at things from a philosophical point of view, so in this article, we have tried to gather some of the thoughts on the topic of the friendship of the famous philosopher Aristotle.


"Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds."


"Between friends, there is no need for justice."


"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit."


"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old, they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds."


"The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend."


Do modern scientists agree with Aristotle?


In the mission of creating "the safest app for making friends", our BIU (Bumpy Intelligence Unit) department constantly studies scientific publications and strives to follow unquestionable scientific conclusions about friendship.


The quality of our application is in the first place, but through this blog, we share our knowledge with the fans of the Bumpy app also. That is why, as a continuation of Aristotle's inspiring thoughts, we will add a medical point of view on the importance of a quality approach to nurturing friendships. Here are some important things highlighted by experts from the Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER).


Mayo Clinic experts are confirming the importancy of friendships and they say that "good friends are good for our health".

According to them, friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent isolation and loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also:

  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose

  • Boost your happiness and reduce your stress

  • Improve your self-confidence and self-worth

  • Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one

  • Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise


Friends also play a significant role in promoting your overall health. Adults with strong social connections have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In fact, studies have found that older adults who have meaningful relationships and social support are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.


For more opinions of Mayo Clinic experts, check out their official website!


BIU (Bumpy Intelligence Unit)