Pooh Bear turned to Christopher Robin and said, “The most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you”.

Last year, life under lockdown revealed just how much we need friendship. Use of mobile phones went up by 70% globally, as people called and messaged one another to stay intouch. Apps like Zoom and Houseparty boomed. Then, as lockdown measures eased, people rushed to see their dearly missed friends.

This Friday (30 July) is the International Day of Friendship. It is a day marked by the UN to celebrate how friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals promote peace.

Friendship, not only leads to a more connected world, is good for us as well. Research shows friendship is just as important to your health as diet and exercise. It can boost your immune system as well as your physical and mental health. Having a friend to talk about our problems is one of the greatest defences against despair.

A friend will listen, give us advice, and laugh with us when we need cheering up. A true friend will be honest, even if they have to tell us when we are going off track but stick with us whatever happens.

How would you define friendship?

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Have you ever thought about what friendship is for? This intriguing video outlines four different purposes of friends.


  1. Write a piece of creative writing inspired by friendship. It can be poetry or prose and should define what friendship means to you.
  2. Watch this video that celebrates the power of kindness and friendship. Do you find the video inspiring? Why? Why not? Discuss your reactions with a partner.
  3. Read our article about Anita and Me. Then write a review of another book, film or television show that follows a friendship.