“One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.” 

George Santayana

Whether it's our family, our beliefs, our well-being; a sense of impact, success and development… or simply being part of a community with a sense of security, these eight factors contribute to our humanity, enriched and sustained by friendship. According to Paul Schwartz, a professor of psychology and child behaviour expert, “friendships contribute significantly to the development of social skills, such as being sensitive to another’s viewpoints, learning the rules of conversation…they also help define both self and self worth.” This World Friendship Day, we have invited children across the globe to share what they value in life and friendship. We hope, inspired by their words, you will take the time to reflect on your own circumstance and relationships to consider how we can harness the power friendship to be more human and build a Richer Life.

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