Everyone’s lives are busy. Work, kids, family commitments, and many other things keep us from spending time with friends. The pandemic and social distancing also put a dent in people’s ability to socialize and maintain friendships.  But spending time with friends is important for health and happiness. Recently, the U.S. Surgeon General declared an “epidemic of loneliness and isolation” in the country. While having family relationships, including a romantic partner, is beneficial, having friends outside of the family unit is also healthy.