Research & Resources


The National Inclusion Project’s Science of Friendship was developed through a survey of research and our own professional experience of how to increase inclusive friendships.

Friendship might feel like an inspired moment, but there is SCIENCE to friend making! Research shows that solid friendships help us live longer, happier lives. Friendship is also the best way to help children feel included and successful.

Click on the article titles below to check out some of our favorite resources below:

Why good friends make you happy

What are friends for? A longer life

The importance of Friendship

Why friends make us happier, healthier people

Good friends are good for you

Beyond the classroom: The importance of friendship for success in school

Why friends are important: Top 6 reasons

Children and the benefits of friendship

Why it is important for our children to have friends

Importance of Friendship in childhood and adolescence

How to be a nicer person

Play and friendship for children with disabilities

Personal Relationship between people with and without disabilities

Having best friends helps children with disabilities

Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health

Health benefits of friendship

Good friends are good for you