Three is the magic number
When it comes to making friends, there’s much we can learn from kids about flashing a wide grin and harboring a playful spirit. But Stanford University psychology professor Laura Carstensen emphasizes that an important lesson also comes from the over-65 set. In studying senior citizens’ social networks, she has found that "it is the
quality of their relationships that matters—not the quantity. In our work we find that three is the critical friend number. If you have three people in your life that you can really count on, then you are doing as well as someone who has 10 friends. Or 20, for that matter. If you have fewer than three friends, then you could be a little precarious."
So sit down, get out a piece of paper, and start listing your friends. Got three folks you’re always excited about seeing and feel certain you can trust? Then put down the pencil. Who says you can’t put a number on success?