Your weekly happiness upgrade: move-a-body friends
We live in a world where people strive to have hundreds of friends on Facebook and where it seems that happiness lives in a crowd - but in reality we are lucky if we have one or two people in our life who really care for us, according to happiness researcher Brene Brown.
The author of Daring Greatly talks about 'move-a-body' friends, in other words people you could call in the middle of the night to dispose of a dead body, no questions asked.
These friends care for you unconditionally, don't judge and will be there in the hardest of times. Brown says that we are very lucky if we have even one or two of these people in our lives and that we must cherish them.
She says that too often we discount the people who are really there for us, because we're too busy trying to win other people over, trying to impress people who don't really care. So who are your move-a-body friends?
Write down their names and keep them in your wallet - these people are the only people whose opinions matter, say Brown. And if you don't have a move-a-body friend, is it time to start investing in close friendships, rather than seeing life as a popularity contest?
Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net