The power of female friendship: Why these relationships are so vital

“My friends have been the greatest and most consistent loves of my life,” author Elizabeth Day says. “They have seen me through heartbreak, grief, divorce and miscarriage. They have been there for me at my lowest points and have celebrated my happy moments – most often in a dimly lit karaoke bar singing Spice Girls at full throttle.

“When I went through unsuccessful fertility treatment, my best friend Emma turned up on my doorstep bearing my favourite cup of jasmine tea from
a local cafe. We sat and talked everything through. She did what she’s always done – made me feel heard and understood.