- diversity /dih-VUR-si-tee/
- forage /FAWR-ij/
- enhance /en-HANS/
- probability /prob-uh-BIL-i-tee/
- predator /PRED-uh-ter/
[noun] – the fact of many different types of things or people being included in something; a range of different things or people
There is a wide diversity of views on this subject.
[verb] – to go from place to place searching for things that you can eat or use
The pigs foraged in the woods for nuts.
[verb] – to improve the quality, amount, or strength of something
These images can then be enhanced on a pc.
[noun] – the level of possibility of something happening or being true
The project was only a possibility until yesterday, but it is now a real probability.
[noun] – an animal that hunts, kills, and eats other animals
Lions and wolves are predators.
According to research, there are considerable evolutionary benefits to forming such tight social relationships with others. However, the nature of such ties can vary greatly, and knowing this diversity can provide a great deal of comfort and hope to people looking for a best friend but having difficulty finding one. Dolphins, like humans, create friendships based on common interests. In a 2019 study, male dolphins who forage for food in deep seas, a habit is known as “sponging,” mostly engage with fellow male spongers. Manuela Bizzozzero, a researcher at the University of Zurich and the study’s primary author, explains that these deep ties can survive for decades and are crucial to each male’s mating success. Friendships among female adult baboons enhanced the survival probability of their children, according to a 2003 study led by Princeton University primatologist Jeanne Altmann. Another study found that baboons with strong social links are less stressed and that when a close companion is murdered by predators, females attempt to form new associations.
“The best bang for your buck is to have good friends; it helps you fight off the lions,” says Lydia Denworth, author of the book Friendship, “We also need help fighting off the lions and that’s what our friends do for us.”
- How do you choose your friends?
- Do you consider them good friends? Why do you say so?
- If you could change how you met your friends before, would you? Why or why not?
- Do you agree with Lydia Denworth’s statements?
- Do you think you can be close with someone who has different interests than you? Why or why not?